Commissioner's Weekly Update - November 9, 2012
Update on FY13 Budget:
Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez provided an update on state revenues earlier this week. Secretary Gonzalez said that state revenues in October 2012 were down from a year ago and came in $162 million below projections. The revenue report means that cuts to state spending could occur in the near future. We will provide you with further updates as we continue to receive guidance on the FY13 state budget from the Administration.
Congrats to MA School Wellness Award Winners:
Two schools were selected as winners of the annual Massachusetts School Wellness Award, a joint initiative of ESE and the Department of Public Health to honor public schools that support and promote healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff. This year's winners, the Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington (Gold Award) and the South High Community School in Worcester (Bronze Award), were honored at this week's joint conference of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents in Hyannis.
Students Displaced by Hurricane Sandy:
ESE has received some inquiries about MA districts enrolling students from New Jersey and New York who do not have access to their school records and immunization forms due to the closure of their schools as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Under extenuating circumstances such as this, and when no serious health outbreaks have occurred, we encourage schools to enroll the students right away and wait to receive the appropriate documents. Schools can ask for contact information for the students' sending schools to verify that the sending school is not yet able to provide the documents. Schools can also ask parents to contact their doctors in the sending state to receive records of their children's immunizations. We appreciate your understanding and support for these students and their families.
Commissioner Chester's School Visits:
This week, Commissioner Chester visited the Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett.
New Resources for Educator Evaluation:
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