Governor Baker, administration officials making 15 stops across WMass

Governor made first stop at Duggan Middle School in Springfield

Education Secretary James Peyser is seen at left in this WWLP file image from December 2015. The secretary was visiting Duggan Middle School in Springfield along with Gov. Charlie Baker (center).

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker and his cabinet secretaries are making several stops in western Massachusetts Friday. The purpose of the tour is to highlight some key initiatives, from improving education to dealing with the problem of drug addiction. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and other members of the administration are making a total of 15 stops across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties.

The first stop for Baker was at the Duggan Middle School in Springfield Friday morning. The governor and Secretary of Education James Peyser stopped into a few classrooms, and got a glimpse of the school’s unique teaching styles. They ended their tour with a private roundtable discussion with faculty members and state lawmakers.

The governor told 22News that he likes how students are learning in creative ways.

“The ability to bring in new ways of thinking about and delivering the academic curriculum, it’s just really good stuff,” Baker said.

Other stops on Gov. Baker’s tour include visits to Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, and a Behavioral Health Network site in Greenfield. The governor is also holding a cabinet meeting at his western Massachusetts office in downtown Springfield.

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