Leading the Nation

Watch the Leading the Nation State House Celebration

On April 5, educators, students, parents, policymakers, and other stakeholders came together at the State House to celebrate 25 years of education reform in Massachusetts.

Passed into law in 1993, the Massachusetts Education Reform Act increased and stabilized state aid to districts, established high learning standards for students, and made it easier to see where schools were doing well and where changes might be needed.

Today, Massachusetts public schools are leading the nation in academic performance and creative successes.

Watch the Celebration

Watch the Leading the Nation livestream recording to experience the 25th anniversary celebration of education reform at the Massachusetts State House.

10:00Welcome and Introduction to the Leading the Nation Celebration
Remembering the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act
10:15Governor's Remarks
Commendation Schools Awards
Swearing-In Ceremony of New Commissioner
10:35Reflections on the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act
Education Reform from the Front Row Video
Implementing and Building on Education Reform Panel
11:15Leading the Nation District Videos: Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School; Lawrence Public Schools; Shrewsbury Public Schools; Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
What's Next for Education Reform
Spoken-Word Performance
11:40Closing Remarks

Speakers, Panelists, and Performers

Robert Antonucci
Former Commissioner
Department Elementary and Secondary Education

Charlie Baker
Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tom Birmingham
Former Senate President and Co-Author of the Education Reform Act
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Music by Bridge Boston Charter School Fourth Grade Chamber Ensemble

Harriette Chandler
Senate President
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Sonia Chang-Díaz
Senator
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

David Driscoll
Former Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Priscila Haro
Eighth Grader
Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere Public Schools

Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo
Executive Director
Massachusetts Parents United

Jami Milnamow
(formally Jami McDuffy, lead plaintiff in McDuffy v. Secretary of the Executive Office of Education)

Alice Peisch
Representative
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jim Peyser
Secretary of Education
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Paul Reville
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Former Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jeffrey C. Riley
Superintendent/Receiver, Lawrence Public Schools
Commissioner-designate, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Tom Scott
Executive Director
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

John Stuart
SVP, Global Education
Parametric Technology Corp.

Paul Toner
Executive Director, Teach Plus Massachusetts
Former President, MTA

Shannah Varón
Executive Director, Boston Collegiate Charter School

William F. Weld
Former Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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