AFT Massachusetts, which represents 23,000 public school employees, higher education faculty and staff, and public librarians, released the following statement from AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos in response to the announcement that Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Driscoll have selected Dr. Patrick Tutwiler as the next Secretary of Education:
“AFT Massachusetts members have worked alongside Dr. Patrick Tutwiler for many years, first as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, and then in Lynn where he served as superintendent. Dr. Tutwiler is a professional educator of the highest caliber who puts students and families first, while also respecting dedicated educators in the classroom.
“As we continue to navigate the post-COVID impact on students throughout Massachusetts, Governor-elect Healey and Lt. Governor-elect Driscoll have made the right choice in Dr. Tutwiler to lead our public schools. We look forward to working with them both to improve education opportunities for all students in our state.”