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Last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker passionately supported the MCAS test, declaring that he was “not going to calm down,’’ about “the future of the kids of Massachusetts.’’ During Tuesday’s debate, he reiterated his passion for protecting MCAS against the federal push for national standards, saying that “our calling card is the quality of our education system.’’ Baker is right about the importance of education, and it’s heartening to finally have a substantive debate. But for real educational reform, both Baker and independent candidate Tim Cahill must move beyond the MCAS issue and produce a serious plan that will benefit all children in the Commonwealth.


Glaeser, Edward L. "The Education Calling Card." The Education Calling Card, September 23, 2010.