Education Laws and Regulations
Notice of Public Comment for the Proposed Amendments to 603 CMR 4.00, 7.00, 14.00, 31.00 and 44.00 — to implement the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) Act, and update certain provisions
Pursuant to its authority under: M.G.L. c. 69, §§ 1B, 1Q; c. 71, § 38G; c.71A, as amended by the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) Act, Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017; and c. 74, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) is soliciting public comment on the proposed amendments to Regulations on: Vocational Technical Education, 603 CMR 4.00; Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval, 603 CMR 7.00; Education of English Learners, 603 CMR 14.00; Massachusetts Certificate of Mastery, 603 CMR 31.00; and Educator License Renewal, 603 CMR 44.00.
The proposed amendments are intended to implement the LOOK Act through standards for English learner education programs and the educators who provide them; establish the State Seal of Biliteracy; improve the instruction of English learners in career vocational technical programs through standards for career vocational technical educators; and update certain provisions of the vocational technical regulations relating to licensure.
Copies of the proposed amendments are available on the Department's website, or by calling 781-338-3584. Written comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted by mail to: Sibel Hughes, OELAAA, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148; by fax to: 781-338-3395; or by email to: LOOKAct@doe.mass.edu.
The following link may also be used to submit public comment on the proposed revisions: Proposed Amendments to English Learner Education Regulations: Public Comment Survey. The deadline for submission of public comment is Friday, May 18, 2018. The Board is expected to vote on the proposed amendments at its regular monthly meeting scheduled for June 26, 2018.