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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools - Funding and Amendment of Certificates for Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School and for TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Date:
December 8, 2017

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At the meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) on November 28, 2017, I shared details of my proposal to increase the per pupil tuition rate for both Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) currently operating.1 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) provided background information on the two virtual schools in Massachusetts, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School (GCVS) and the TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA). Board members heard public comment from the superintendents of each CMVS on why their current tuition rates are not adequate to serve the needs of the students they enroll. At the Board meeting scheduled for December 19, 2017, I recommend that the Board vote to amend the certificates of GCVS and of TECCA to specify a tuition rate of $8,265 per pupil, effective for FY19, with $75 per pupil retained by the Department for program administration. I further recommend that the Board delegate to the Commissioner authority to adjust this rate annually for inflation for the remainder of the schools' current certificates, and amend their certificates accordingly.2

We have reviewed this recommendation with the Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC);3 the Operational Services Division in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance;4 and other stakeholder groups. Kenneth Klau, Director of our Office of Digital Learning, and Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner, will join us for the discussion.

 

Attachments:

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Attachment A: Terms of Certificate, GCVS
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Attachment B: Terms of Certificate, TECCA
 
Attachment C: Motion

 

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Last Updated: December 11, 2017
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