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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Deval Patrick’s public school legacy

When I asked Deval Patrick last week to talk about his experience in school — the role it played in crafting the expensive, expansive education proposals in his current budget — he started by talking about a guy named Leo Webster, a classmate from the ’60s on the South Side of Chicago.

When Patrick went off to Milton Academy and beyond, Webster stayed in Chicago, worked and had a family, eventually got back in touch. Now, they reminisce fondly about their sixth-grade teacher, and try to figure out what happened to the kids they used to know.

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