1. Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

    Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

    Gov. Charlie Baker's recent praise of the Springfield Empowerment Zone, in which he called it a model for helping struggling schools during his State of the Commonwealth address, was music to the ears of Chris Gabrieli. Gabrieli, who is chairman of the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, shared his thoughts about the program during a meeting with the Editorial Board of The Republican last week. Gabrieli said the likelihood of success in Springfield will take time to assess, but its chances are enhanced by its embrace from school officials, teachers and others.

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    1. It's exciting that the governor has called for this.
    2. Everyone is excited about it because of Springfield.
    3. You couldn't take more different paths.
    4. I feel like this notion of empowerment is really what 's crucial.
    5. If we care about these students, we care about what happens to them after they leave these campuses.
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