The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - February 2018

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 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 January 23, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Board of Higher Education, the January 23, 2018 Regular Meeting, the January 26, 2018 Special Meeting, and the January 29, 2018 Special Meeting.

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on Commissioner TransitionDiscussion and Vote

  2. Level 5 District and School UpdateDiscussion
    1. Southbridge Public Schools: Remarks from Receiver Jeffrey Villar and District Overview
    2. Level 5 Schools: Second-Quarter FY2018 Reports — Discussion

Charter Schools:

  1. Recommendation for New Charter School: Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School, LawrenceDiscussion and Vote

  2. Proposed Amendment to Charter: Veritas Preparatory Charter School, SpringfieldDiscussion and Vote

  3. Proposed Charter Renewal with Probation: Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School, Boston Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

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    DLA Summary of Review

Other Items for Discussion and Action:

  1. Amendments to Regulations on MCAS and Competency Determination, 603 CMR 30.00, for Transition to New StandardDiscussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation

  2. State Graduation and Dropout Results for 2016-2017 — Discussion

  3. Governor's State Education Budget Proposal for FY2019Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Charter Schools — Charter Authorizing in Lynn under Net School Spending Caps

  2. Report on Fiscal Conditions in Rural School Districts Download Word Document

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

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    Charter Schools — Charters Renewed for Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, Baystate Academy Charter Public School, Boston Day and Evening Academy Charter School, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Sturgis Charter Public School, and UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester.
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    Charter Schools — Report on Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (Removal of Conditions on Charters)
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    Charter Schools — Approval of Loans beyond Charter Duration (Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Atlantis Charter School, Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston Preparatory Charter School, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Brooke Charter School, Community Charter School of Cambridge, Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School, Foxborough Regional Charter School, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Pioneer Charter School of Science, Veritas Preparatory Charter School)

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: