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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - January 2018

Joint Meeting and Regular Meeting

Bridgewater State University
Rondileau Campus Center, Large Ballroom
19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

I. Joint Meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Higher Education (9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on Massachusetts Early College Initiative - Discussion

  2. Update on Educator Preparation - Discussion

  3. Increasing Access to Computer Science in High School - Discussion and Possible Votes by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Higher Education


II. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Regular Meeting (11:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public*

Briefing

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the December 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on Commissioner Search - Discussion

  2. Draft Revised History and Social Science Curriculum Framework - Continuing Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  3. Proposed Implementation of School and District Accountability System - Continuing Discussion

  4. Update on Students from Puerto Rico - Discussion

Charter Schools
  1. Information on New Charter Applicants; Overview of Process for New Charters - Initial Discussion

  2. Waiver of Regulation Requested by Bentley Academy Charter School (Horace Mann) - Discussion and Vote

  3. Report on Conditions for Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School and Recommendation for a Probationary Renewal Download Word Document - Discussion and Vote
    Download Word Document
    PFSJCS Summary of Review
    Download Word Document
    Memorandum: PFSJCS Notification of Intention to Place Conditions on the Charter of Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, July 2017

Other Items for Information:

  1. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Report for FY2017

  2. Legislative Report: Education-Related Laws Enacted in 2017

  3. Safe and Supportive Schools Commission: Recommendations on Integrating Student Supports

  4. Dual Enrollment in Massachusetts 2008-2015 (December 2017 report)

  5. Progress Report on State Efforts to Upgrade School Technology Infrastructure

  6. Report on Grants Download Word Document and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner

Board Members

  • Mr. Paul Sagan, Chair, Cambridge
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Brookline
  • Dr. Edward Doherty, Hyde Park
  • Ms. Amanda Fernandez, Belmont
  • Ms. Margaret McKenna, Boston
  • Ms. Hannah Trimarchi, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Marblehead
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Mr. Martin West, Newton

Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3112, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail: boe@doe.mass.edu.

Special Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
Friday, January 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Interview Finalists for Commissioner - Discussion

Board Members

  • Mr. Paul Sagan, Chair, Cambridge
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Brookline
  • Dr. Edward Doherty, Hyde Park
  • Ms. Amanda Fernandez, Belmont
  • Ms. Margaret McKenna, Boston
  • Ms. Hannah Trimarchi, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Marblehead
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Mr. Martin West, Newton

Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

*Members of the public are invited to attend the Board meeting or view the meeting, which will be streamed live, and may submit written comments regarding the interviews to the Board. The public is encouraged to use the comment form available, and to submit any comments to boe@doe.mass.edu by 12 noon on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Hard copies of the comment form will also be available at the meeting, and may be submitted to staff at the close of the meeting.

Special Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Selection of Commissioner for Recommendation to Secretary - Discussion and Vote

Board Members

  • Mr. Paul Sagan, Chair, Cambridge
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Brookline
  • Dr. Edward Doherty, Hyde Park
  • Ms. Amanda Fernandez, Belmont
  • Ms. Margaret McKenna, Boston
  • Ms. Hannah Trimarchi, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Marblehead
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Mr. Martin West, Newton

Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner
Secretary to the Board



Last Updated: January 16, 2018
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