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Board Documents — February 2020

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

Briefing

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the January 28, 2020 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Student Opportunity Act and District Plans to Close Gaps in Opportunity and Achievement: Overview and Proposed Regulations, 603 CMR 55.00, for Emergency Adoption Discussion and Vote
    Presentation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: Student Opportunity Act
    Enclosures:
    1. On the Desktop message February 3, 2020
    2. Student Opportunity Plans - Short Form Guidance
    3. Student Opportunity Plans - Long Form Guidance
    4. On the Desktop message February 13, 2020
    5. SOA Frequently Asked Questions
    6. Evidence-Based Program Examples
    7. Proposed Regulations on Student Opportunity Act District Plans, 603 CMR 55.00
    8. Motion

  2. Proposed Amendments to Vocational Technical Education Regulations, 603 CMR 4.00 (Phase I) - Discussion and Vote
    Enclosures:
    1. 603 CMR 4.00 — Summary of Public Comments Received and Department Response
    2. 603 CMR 4.00 — Clean version of regulations incorporating proposed amendments and changes based on public comments
    3. 603 CMR 4.00 — Strikethrough version of regulations showing proposed amendments (in redline) and changes based on public comments (in highlight)
    4. Motion

  3. Potential Changes to 2020 District and School Accountability Reporting Initial Discussion
    Enclosures:
    1. Summary of the District and School Accountability System (redlined version)
    2. District and School Accountability System: Proposed Modifications

  4. Charter Schools: Renewal of Charter for City on Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street and Request to Consolidate Two Charters Discussion and Vote
    Attachments:
    1. Summary of Review for City on a Hill Charter Public School Circuit Street (with school's response appended)
    2. Motion for Board Action

Other Items for Information:

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


Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Newton
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Mr. Matthew Tibbitts, Student Advisory Council, Ludlow
  • Dr. Martin West, Newton

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: boe@doe.mass.edu.

Last Updated: March 4, 2020

 
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