Press Release

Statement from Lillian M. Lowery, Vice President for P-12 Policy and Practice, on the Passing of Commissioner Mitchell Chester

Publication date: Jun 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – “The nation loses an extraordinary educator and a good and caring human being with the passing of Commissioner Mitchell Chester. Our nation’s children could have no more powerful voice and advocate. When he talked about all students having access to high-quality education and learning experiences, he indeed meant each and every one — regardless of individual circumstance.

“The Massachusetts legacy that Mitch inherited and continued to improve is one that speaks to his persistence on addressing the hopes and dreams of each student and educator that walked through the doors of his schools each day. Throughout the many years that I knew Mitch, he proved to be a valued friend and adviser. He lived his passion for equitable opportunities for all, and we are all better because he passed through our lives.”

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