Gov. Baker in speech says he wants to aid struggling schools

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants to improve education in the state’s lower performing districts by allowing more local flexibility and encouraging the state takeover of struggling schools when needed.

Baker made the comments during his annual state of the state address Tuesday on Beacon Hill.

Baker said besides bumping up spending on local school districts by more than $90 million, he also wants to create more “empowerment zones” which he said allow educators to make the changes needed to provide a better learning environment for students.

The Republican governor made a number of other proposals in the televised speech.

Baker said he wants to improve mental health services at Bridgewater State Hospital, establish a Council on Older Adults, and ensure Massachusetts remains a top player in the cybersecurity market.

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