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Education discussion held at Log Cabin in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser was in Holyoke Tuesday to discuss the status of education in western Massachusetts. 

According to Rennie Center for Education and Policy Spokesperson Catherine Rauseo, the event discussed the latest data from the Department of Early Education and Care and looked at Springfield's approach to early childhood education.

Rauseo said the impact of the Preschool Expansion Grant on students in western Massachusetts was also be discussed.

The event took place at the Log Cabin in Holyoke from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"We're looking at the specific strategies that Springfield has employed," said Chad D'etremont, executive director of the center. "Collecting and analyzing data, training educators, and coordinating services across all cities are critical to ensure we have a system that serves all students throughout a community. 

More than 100 speakers and panelists attended the event including business leaders, state officials, school and district leaders, educators, and representatives from non-profit and community-based organizations.

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