- Associated Press - Sunday, August 27, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - A tribute is planned for Mitchell Chester, the state’s education commissioner who died in June after a battle with cancer.

A celebration of Chester’s life is scheduled for Monday afternoon at Harvard University’s Memorial Church in Cambridge.

Speakers at the event will include Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, state Education Secretary James Peyser and former U.S. Education Secretary John King.

Chester, a career educator and public school administrator, served as Massachusetts education commissioner from 2008 until his death at the age of 65.

Baker said at the time of his death that Chester’s leadership helped make the state’s public schools a national leader.

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently began the process of choosing a successor to Chester.

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