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Economy Curtails Gov. Patrick's Education Reform

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Governor Deval Patrick will have to put his broad plans to improve public education on hold, according to a commission he appointed to look for ways to pay for his ideas.

Patrick has suggested lengthening the school day and providing every child in Massachusetts with all-day kindergarten and free pre-school.

But a report by the so-called Readiness Finance Commission says the downturn in the economy means that the state must now focus on simply maintaining existing education programs.

Governor Patrick's Secretary of Education Paul Reveille discusses the commission's findings with WBUR.

This program aired on January 1, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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