The transformative agenda the Governor has put forth proves that a shared commitment to children and a passion for education can secure Massachusetts’ standing as an education leader for the future. (Read the Boston Globe editorial on the Governor’s Readiness Project)
Jackie Jenkins Scott, president of Wheelock College, Thomas Payzant, former superintendent of the Boston Public Schools and Joe Tucci, president, chairman & CEO of EMC Corporation, agreed to chair the effort. Over the course of a year, they led a thoughtful, deliberative and inclusive process.
A leadership council of 19 and more than 200 individuals, working through 13 subcommittees, traversed the state gathering data and seeking input from education stakeholders. They held more than a dozen open meetings, town halls with the Governor, and countless smaller gatherings with parents and leading education experts.
In addition to the Project’s leadership and subcommittees, Readiness Reps – parents and concerned citizens – created a grassroots network to gather ideas and support the Project through advocacy and information sharing. The Project’s overall outreach effort, and the deliberations that followed, yielded numerous recommendations that will be reflected in the final Readiness report.
The end result is a blueprint for action that outlines the challenges, opportunities, needs and imperatives in public education in order to prepare all our children for the challenges inherent in the 21st century economy. I look forward to your comments and suggestions as the Governor rolls out the entire Readiness agenda over the next few days.
Please let me know what you think!