The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board Documents - February 2019

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 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 14, 2019 Special Meeting Download Word Document and the January 22, 2019 Regular Meeting Download Word Document

Agenda Items:

Charter Schools:
  1. Charter Schools — Outcome of the Charter School Application ProcessDiscussion

  2. Excel Academy: Expansion RequestDiscussion and Vote

  3. Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School: Report on Probation and Request to Amend CharterDiscussion and Vote

  4. Alma del Mar Charter School-New Bedford Partnership: Progress Report — Discussion

Other Items:
  1. Draft Updated Arts Curriculum FrameworkContinuing Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  2. Amendment to Competency Determination Regulations on High School Science and Technology/Engineering, 603 CMR 30.00, for Classes of 2023 and 2024Discussion and Vote

  3. Governor's FY2020 State Education Budget Proposal and House Bill 70: An Act to Promote Equity and Excellence in Education — Discussion

Other Items for Information:

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

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

Jeffrey C. Riley, 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: