John Silber, former President of Boston University, now chairs the Massachusetts Department of Education. MCAS is a standardized (and, by most accounts, highly flawed) test recently administered for the first time to all 4th, 8th, and 11th graders in Massachusetts. The generally abysmal resulting scores are being used by Silber to support his contention that Massachusetts public schools and teachers need a strong dose of regimentation. The remark by Silber is in quotes because he really said it. Silber was appointed to his post by William Weld, the former Republican governor who owed his job in part to Democratic voters appalled by the rightwing views and arrogance of Silber, Weld's Democratic opponent in 1990.
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