Education Board

Education Board

The mission of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

BESE's responsibilities include approving learning standards, voting on charter school applications, deciding when to intervene in the state's lowest-performing districts, and hiring the commissioner. The Board includes the secretary of education, a student (the president of the State Student Advisory Council), and nine members appointed by the governor. Those members must include a parent representative, a labor representative, and a business representative.

Commissioner Search
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has launched a nation-wide search for a new commissioner to succeed the late Mitchell Chester. The process is on-going and the Board welcomes public input about the search, including suggestions for candidate qualifications. Such input may be submitted to for review. In addition, the Board will welcome public comment on the search at its next Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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