Students, parents, and educators in Massachusetts, and education reformers nationwide, lost a great friend and education leader today. Mitchell Chester’s steadfast commitment to make sure that each and every child in Massachusetts receives a world class education produced greater opportunities and better results for Massachusetts students. By his example and his commitment, he challenged his colleagues in the rest of the country to aim higher as well.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to count Mitchell as a colleague for much of our careers, and as a close and dear friend for nearly two decades. I’ve lost a great friend today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief.