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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Update on Innovation Schools

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
Date:
November 18, 2011

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been working in collaboration with the Executive Office of Education to implement the Innovation Schools initiative, one key component of the 2010 Achievement Gap Act. Innovation Schools, which are approved by the school committee, are in-district schools that can operate with increased autonomy and flexibility with regard to curriculum, staffing, budget, schedule/calendar, professional development, and district policies. The intent of the law is to encourage innovative educational strategies to improve student achievement while keeping school funding within districts.

The Executive Office of Education has prepared the enclosed update on the Innovation Schools initiative. At our Board meeting on November 29, 2011, Secretary Reville and Bridget Rodríguez, Director of Planning and Collaboration at the Executive Office of Education, and Marlon Davis, Director of our Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign, will present the report to the Board and respond to your questions.

Enclosure:
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Innovation Schools Update


Last Updated: November 21, 2011
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