Roberta Schaefer’s Address to the Worcester Rotary on Education Reform, March 18, 2004

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you my observations on education reform which is approaching its 11th anniversary. Besides spending billions of dollars and generating lots of controversy over MCAS, what have we accomplished? To paraphrase former President Reagan, are our students better off now than they were a decade ago? The short answer is a resounding YES. The full answer would take me a couple of hours to give the subject its due. In light of the time constraints we’re all under, I will give you the abbreviated version.