The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - December 2017

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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


Meeting Minutes Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the November 28, 2017 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Progress Report on Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership - Discussion

  2. Update on Commissioner Search Download Word Document - Discussion

  3. Report from Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council - Discussion

  4. Proposed Implementation of School and District Accountability System - Initial Discussion

  5. Virtual Schools: Tuition Rate - Continuing Discussion and Vote

  6. Improving Education for English Learners - Discussion
    1. Overview Of New State Law: An Act Relative to Language Opportunities for Our Kids (LOOK)
    2. Pilot Program for Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement Courses for Vocational-Technical Teachers

Other Items for Information:

  1. State Education Budget Transmittal Letter from Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

  2. Report on Grants Download Word Document and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner

Board Members

Jeff Wulfson, Acting 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 on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. 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: 781-338-3112, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail: