As I See It: The Worcester Plan — Education initiative for the city’s future

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Worcester’s future success is directly related to the quality – and perceived quality – of its system of public education, as well as the belief that if we establish the best urban school system in America, success will be ensured. Quality public education stimulates economic opportunity, grows our tax base, improves the quality of life for all of our citizens, provides a highly educated next generation of Worcester citizens, and fulfills our most important obligation to our children.

A recent report from The National League of Cities noted the connection between quality public schools and the long-term prospects of a community. That connection is grounded in the role schools play in building stable communities and shaping perceptions of the quality of community life. According to the League, improving the quality of elementary and secondary education is one of the most effective strategies for promoting local economic development and reducing poverty.

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