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  • Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

    Board Documents — March 2021

    Regular Meeting*

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
    Friday, March 5, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 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. https://livestream.com/accounts/22459134

    Statements from the Public**

    Agenda Items:

    1. Supporting a Return to In-person Instruction

      1. Overview and Panel Presentation by Health Experts

      2. Proposed Regulatory Amendments: 603 CMR 27.00, for Emergency Adoption Discussion and Vote
        1. 603 CMR 27.00 Strikethrough version of regulation showing proposed amendments
        2. February 28, 2021 physician letter
        3. Motion

    2. Early College and Innovation Pathways Update Discussion

    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. 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 BoardofEducation@mass.gov, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3112.

    Last Updated: March 5, 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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