“…in this era of snapchats, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, putdowns and smack-downs, I’d ask you all to remember that good public policy is about perseverance and collaboration.
“Many times, it is a story written frame by frame by many players who write it over time, relentlessly pursuing an objective.”
“We doubled the earned income tax credit for 450,000 low income working families, invested over $100 million in new funding into our early education system and reduced the use of hotels and motels to shelter homeless families by over 95%.”
“Twenty-five years ago, Massachusetts wasn’t a national leader in public education.
“Since then, we’ve achieved remarkable success by working together on a series of education reforms. As a result, Massachusetts students have scored number one on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in English and math for much of the past decade. And last year finished first on the Advanced Placement exams as well.
“But when it comes to the difference in performance between urban and suburban school districts, we can and must do better.”
“Transcript: Gov. Baker’s Inaugural Address For His 2nd Term,” WBUR, January 3, 2019