|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, June 13, 2005|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106|
Statement From Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll on Legal Opinion Regarding Springfield Boundary Plan:
MALDEN - “Today I am releasing an opinion by our chief legal counsel indicating that the boundary plan for the Springfield public schools does not require a vote of the Board of Education, and that state oversight should be provided by the Department of Education. I fully accept this responsibility, and have told Supt. Burke that I formally approve of this plan. I intend to be actively involved in overseeing its implementation, and see to it that the goals established by the Superintendent are fully met. He and I agree the most important consideration is that every child in Springfield have access to high quality education, regardless of their race or ethnicity, their family’s income, or where they live. I plan to personally visit Springfield during this plan’s implementation, and look forward to working closely with city officials and members of the public to ensure that this goal is met.”
The full opinion can be found online at www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs.