Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — January 2021

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

* We will follow the Commonwealth's health and safety guidelines, including limiting the number of people in our meeting room. As always, the meeting will be live-streamed.

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

Briefing Download Word Document

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the December 15, 2020 Regular Meeting Download Word Document

Agenda Items:

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

  2. Proposed Modifications to Competency Determination Requirement for the Class of 2021 Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

  3. Update on College Access Data for the Class of 2021 Download Word DocumentDiscussion

  4. Update on Educator Diversity Initiatives Download Word DocumentDiscussion

  5. Update on Education Budget — Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Report for FY 2020

  2. Legislative Reports: Education-Related Laws Enacted in 191st Legislative Session Download Word Document and the Data Advisory Commission Annual Report for 2020 Download Word Document

  3. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner Download Word Document

  4. Chronically Under-Performing Schools Quarterly Reports Download Word Document

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Mr. Jasper Coughlin, Billerica, Student Member
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Newton
  • Ms. Darlene Lombos, Boston
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • 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 Chair 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 Chair 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:

Last Updated: January 19, 2021

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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