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Commissioner's Weekly Update - April 4, 2014

Become an Ed Prep Reviewer:

The Department is accepting applications for the 2014-15 cohort of Ed Prep reviewers. Reviewers help the Department guarantee that educator preparation across the Commonwealth results in effective educators ready to support the success of all students. Reviewers are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating evidence of educator preparation program effectiveness. This opportunity allows participants to engage in a meaningful professional learning opportunity and earn PD points; gain insights into educator preparation in Massachusetts; help shape an evaluation process that has an impact on the readiness of our educators to deliver quality instruction both statewide and nationally; and collaborate with diverse education leaders and professionals. To learn more about becoming an Ed Prep reviewer, go to The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 18, 2014. Please contact with any questions.

FY15 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Data:

The Department has posted the 2014-15 Charter School Pre-Enrollment Report, which is available at The pre-enrollment report provides projected charter school enrollment for the 2014-15 school year and indicates the number of students from each school district expected to enroll in Massachusetts charter schools next year.

Per state regulations, payments shall be made to charter schools "only for the total number of students from all districts" as reported on the charter school pre-enrollment report. Accordingly, while actual enrollment from any single district may differ slightly, the total enrollment in a charter school from all districts represents a cap on the number of students for which the charter school may receive tuition payments. For additional details on charter school tuition and assessments, see If you have any questions about charter school enrollment, funding, or the statute and regulations pertaining to these issues, please contact Associate Commissioner Cliff Chuang at or Joanna Laghetto at

Due to changes in the law and collection processes, the Department will provide information on charter schools' waitlists in a separate report.

Commissioner's School Visits:

This week, Commissioner Chester visited the Ferryway School in Malden, Charlestown High School in Boston, and Lynnfield Middle School in Lynnfield.

For Your Info:

  • April Board Meeting: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet on April 28-29 in Malden.
  • In the News: Recent stories of interest include a New Bedford Standard-Times story and editorial on the shortage of minority teachers in the city's schools, an Atlantic magazine article entitled, "Confusing Math Homework? Don't Blame the Common Core," a Lawrence Eagle-Tribune story on this week's vote by the Lawrence teachers union to ratify a new contract, and an op-ed on PARCC by Commissioner Chester and Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland that has appeared in a number of publications, including the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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Last Updated: April 7, 2014
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