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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Contact:Jacqueline Reis 781-338-3115

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Hold Public Meeting about Possible Holyoke Receivership

Board will vote on commissioner's recommendation at a subsequent meeting

Malden - Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to Hold

Public Meeting about Possible Holyoke Receivership

Board will vote on commissioner's recommendation at a subsequent meeting

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a forum from 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 to hear from the Holyoke community as the Board considers whether to designate Holyoke a "Level 5" or chronically underperforming school district. A decision to designate the district Level 5 would put the Holyoke Public Schools into state receivership.

The meeting will be held at the War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St., Holyoke. The Board's primary goal is to hear from Holyoke parents, teachers, residents and officials. Individuals who would like to speak will sign in when they arrive and will be given three minutes to speak within the time allotted. Holyoke community members will be given priority. Translation services will be provided for individuals who wish to address the Board in Spanish. People may also submit written comments in advance to boe@doe.mass.edu or at the meeting. Individuals who submit written comments at the meeting are asked to provide 15 copies, if possible.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to put Holyoke Public Schools in receivership no later than the Board's May 19 regular meeting.

Background:

At the March 24, 2015 regular meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester announced his recommendation that the Board designate Holyoke Public Schools a Level 5 district.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently completed a review of the district, and those findings and other information are available online at http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/fy2015/2015-03/item7.html. More information about Level 5 districts is available at http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/ese/programs/accountability/support-for-level-3-4-and-5-districts-and-schools/school-and-district-turnaround/level-5-districts/.

Only one district is currently under state receivership: Lawrence Public Schools.

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Attachments:

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Opportunity to be heard by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Regarding the Future of the Holyoke Public Schools
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Oportunidad para que el Consejo del Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria de Massachusetts escuche su opinión sobre el futuro de las escuelas públicas de Holyoke



Last Updated: April 8, 2015
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