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Board Documents — April 2020

Regular Meeting — Updated April 24, 2020

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

By Remote Participation Per Governor Baker's Emergency Order of March 12, 2020

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

Briefing Updated 4/24/2020

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the March 31, 2020 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on Covid-19 Action Steps to Support Schools, Students, and Families Discussion
    On the Desktop:
    • March 30, 2020 — USDA Reimbursements for All Districts and Online Advanced Placement Tutoring
    • March 30, 2020 — Letter to Families
    • April 1, 2020 — Extension of Deadlines for Non-Resident Chapter 74 Admissions
    • April 3, 2020 — April Vacation
    • April 8, 2020 — USED Approves Massachusetts Waiver Request for ESSA Grants Due to COVID-19
    • April 10, 2020 — Legislation Enacted on MCAS, SOA Plans, and Regional School District Budgets
    • April 13, 2020 — Tips for Safe Videoconferencing
    • April 14, 2020 — Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

  2. Proposed Modifications to the Competency Determination Requirement for Current High School Seniors During the COVID-19 Emergency Discussion and Vote (Posted: 04/24/2020 8:58 a.m.)

  3. Update on Education Budget Matters Discussion

  4. Education Collaboratives: Overview and Proposed Amendments to Regulations, 603 CMR 50.00 Discussion and Vote

    1. 603 CMR 50.00: Clean version of regulations with proposed amendments incorporated
    2. 603 CMR 50.00: Strikethrough version of regulations showing proposed amendments
    3. Summary of Proposed Changes
    4. Motion to Solicit Public Comment

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants (2) March and April and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner

  2. Chronically Underperforming Schools Quarter 3 Reports

The matters listed above are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items, not listed, may also be brought up for discussion, to the extent such is permitted by law.

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 to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes.

If you are interested in providing public comment for the April 28, 2020 regular meeting, please submit an email request to by 12:00pm, Friday, April 24, 2020. Once confirmed, we will provide you with information on how to participate virtually. Written material of any length may be submitted and is encouraged. Written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-3383112, E-mail: Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting.

Last Updated: April 30, 2020

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