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Year in Review: Deval Patrick

1/5/2011, 6:31 a.m.

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          Gov. Deval Patrick signs an education bill that is designed to close the achievement gap between schools in rich and poor communities. The bill makes it easier for the state to help struggling schools and lifts the cap on charter schools in the lowest performing districts.  (Photo courtesy of Gov. Deval Patrick’s office)

          Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray are accompanied by veterans from all branches of the armed forces and members of their families at a rally held on the steps of the Statehouse to kick-off the “Veterans and Military Families for Partrick-Murray Bus Tour.” (Photo courtesy of Gov. Deval Patrick’s campaign office)

          In honor of Black History Month, Gov. Deval  Patrick launched a campaign on Touch-FM to introduce high ranking African Americans working in his administration. The month was capped off as Gov. Patrick and first lady Diane appeared in the radio station’s studio for a wide-ranging interview. Among those interviewed during the month were Patrick’s Chief of Staff Arthur Bernard; Mark Conrad, chairman of the state parole board; and Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, director of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. (Tony Irving photo)

          Massachusetts state Treasurer Tim Cahill (r), who ran for governor, and state Sen. Jack Hart, D-Boston (l), hold up a poster with the superimposed head of current Gov. Deval Patrick as Boston Mayor Tomas Menino looks on at the annual St. Patrick’s breakfast in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

          A placard urges democratic delegates to “finish what we started” by sending Gov. Deval Patrick back to the Statehouse for a second term. (Erint Images photo)

          Gov. Deval Patrick talks about his historic re-election with Bay State Banner Executive Editor Howard Manly. (Eric Esteves photo)

          A crowd of about 15,000 gathered at the Hynes Convention Center to hear President Barack Obama speak on behalf of Gov. Deval Patrick as he fought for re-election. With less than two weeks before the election, the governor’s race was neck and neck. (Don West photo)