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Gov. Charlie Baker swears in Jeffrey Riley as Secretary of Education during the Leading the Nation event at the State House.

Gov. Charlie Baker swears in Jeffrey Riley as Secretary of Education during the Leading the Nation event at the State House.

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Lawmakers fete 25 yrs of ed. reform

Teachers unions steer clear of event, call for more funding

State officials and education leaders gathered at the State House last Thursday to mark the 25 years since Massachusetts passed the 1993 Education Reform Act, which codified the so-called grand bargain of increased state funding for schools coupled with mandatory standardized testing.