Mitchell Chester, the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education who had been quietly battling cancer has died at the age of 65 — stunning many in the world of education, especially here in Massachusetts. Sending love and condolences to the many who worked closely with him throughout the years.
I had the good fortune of working with Commissioner Chester on several issues over the past several years. He was always incredibly patient with me, taking the time to explain procedures and the edu-lingo that can sometimes be a little wonky for the average parent advocate. He valued parent input and saw parent input and parental involvement as a critical part of the growth and success of any education system. Whether you agreed with him on every decision or not, this was a man who devoted his life to helping children and tried like hell to make sure every kid could access the education they deserve.
Strong work, Mitchell. Thank you.
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