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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — June 2020

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.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


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the May 26, 2020 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on COVID-19 Action Steps to Support Schools, Students, and Families Discussion

    1. Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance — DiscussionAdded: 6/26/2020 5:45 p.m.

    2. Proposed Amendment to Student Learning Time Regulations, 603 CMR 27.00, Re: Health and Safety Standards During a Declared State of Emergency or Other Exigent Circumstances Discussion and Vote to Adopt Emergency RegulationsAdded: 6/26/2020 5:45 p.m.

  2. Early Literacy Initiative Discussion

  3. State Student Advisory Council End-of-Year Report for 2019-2020 — Presentation and Discussion

  4. Update on FY 2021 State Education Budget — Discussion

  5. Addressing Regulatory Timelines Due to COVID-19 State of Emergency, 603 CMR 56 Discussion and Vote to Adopt Permanent Regulation

  6. Delegation of Authority to Commissioner to take Necessary Action between Board Meetings and to Approve Proposed Contracts with Education Management Organizations for Holyoke Community Charter School and SABIS International Charter School Discussion and Vote

  7. Modification of Academic Conditions for Charter Schools Operating in Probationary Status: City on a Hill Public Charter School and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School Discussion and Vote

  8. Schedule for Regular Board Meetings through June 2021 Discussion and Vote

  9. Annual Performance Evaluation of Commissioner Discussion and Vote

Other Items for Information:

  1. Annual Report on Non-Operating School Districts Approved by the Commissioner

  2. Notification of Commissioner Approval of Loans beyond Charter Duration

  3. Chronically Underperforming Schools Quarter 4/Final Reports

Executive Session:

  1. Executive Session to Discuss Litigation Strategy (PLESH v. DESE et al.)

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 Tuesday, June 30, 2020 regular meeting, please submit an email request to by 12:00pm, Thursday, June 25, 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: 781-338-3112, 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: June 22, 2020

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