Tight lid on school plan

Saturday, May 26
BOSTON — Gov. Deval L. Patrick's administration has spent the past few weeks trying to sell an immense education reorganization plan to key legislators and state officials. So far, few details are emerging about the plan, and most officials are mum about it.

Patrick is expected next month to release part of the plan, which would create an education czar and new boards to encourage cooperation.

The administration went over the plan with Education Commissioner David Driscoll, and education committee Chairmen Rep. Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, and Sen. Robert Antonioni, D-Leominster. All declined to discuss details of the proposal.

"He's not commenting on the governor's plan. He's been working on this with (Patrick), but he's waiting for the governor to release it before he comments," said Heidi Guarino, Driscoll's spokeswoman.

Patrick spokesman Kyle Sullivan said the administration has gone over only broad details of the reorganization with the legislators, but said they have not discussed all the details. Jamie Hellen, spokesman for Antonioni's office, also said that the governor's office discussed the plan only in broad terms.

"Recent speculation in published reports are premature and, in some cases, false. There have been conversations with a number of parties, but no one has been briefed on the final plan," Sullivan said.

Patrick's education adviser, Dana Mohler-Faria, met with Rep. Kevin Murphy, D-Lowell, a few weeks ago to discuss the proposal, and said that the proposal would create a strong education secretary.


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