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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - March 2012

Special Meeting

Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Monday, March 19, 2012, 5 - 7 p.m.

Items for Discussion:

  1. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Education: Presentation to Board and Discussion of Education Priorities - Discussion
  2. Adult Basic Education: Update on Programs, Priorities, and Competitive RFP Process - Discussion

Regular Meeting

Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Meeting Minutes Download Word Document

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public*

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the February 27, 2012 Special Meeting and February 28, 2012 Regular Meeting - Vote

Items for Discussion and Action:

  1. Adult Basic Education: Update on Programs, Priorities, and Competitive RFP Process - Recap of Discussion from Special Meeting
  2. Education Collaboratives: Overview of New Legislation and Next Steps - Discussion
  3. ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request Granted: Overview and Next Steps - Discussion
  4. Update on the RETELL Initiative and on Possible Expansion to Vocational-Technical Education Teachers - Discussion
  5. Report on DESE Customer Satisfaction Survey - Discussion
  6. Lowell Community Charter Public School: Report on Conditions and Request to Modify Conditions Download PDF Document  Download Word Document - Discussion
    Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
    Amendment Request Letter
  7. Update on FY2013 Education Budget - Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Education-Related News Clippings
  2. Report on Grants Approved by Commissioner
  3. Directions

Board Members

Ms. Maura Banta, Chair, Melrose
Ms. Beverly Holmes, Vice Chair, Springfield
Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Milton
Ms. Harneen Chernow, Jamaica Plain
Mr. Gerald Chertavian, Cambridge
Mr. Matthew P. Gifford, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Brookline
Dr. Jeffrey Howard, Reading
Ms. Ruth Kaplan, Brookline
Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, Bridgewater
Mr. Paul Reville, Secretary of Education, Worcester
Mr. David Roach, Sutton

Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting at Board Documents. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3102, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail: boe@doe.mass.edu.