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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — April 2021

Regular Meeting*

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 1:00 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

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 February 22, 2021 Special Meeting Download Word Document, February 23, 2021 Regular Meeting Download Word Document, and March 5, 2021 Regular Meeting Download Word Document

Agenda Items:

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

  2. Career and Vocational Technical Education: Proposed Amendment to Vocational Technical Education Regulations, 603 CMR 4.00 (Admission Standards) Download Word DocumentInitial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment
    Attachments:
    1. 603 CMR 4.03(6)(a) — Clean version of regulation with proposed amendments incorporated Download Word Document
    2. 603 CMR 4.03(6)(a) — Strikethrough version of regulation showing proposed amendments Download Word Document
    3. Motion

  3. Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote
    Attachments:
    1. A detailed summary of feedback received during public comment Download Word Document
    2. The revised draft of the 2021 Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework Download Word Document
    3. Redline version of the draft of the 2021 World Languages Curriculum Framework
    4. Content Standards at a Glance Download Word Document
    5. Linguistic Components Summary Download Word Document
    6. Motion

Proposed Modifications Due to the COVID-19 Emergency:

  1. Proposed Modifications to Competency Determination Requirement for the Class of 2022 Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

  2. Proposed Modification to Policy on Certificate of Attainment Download Word DocumentDiscussion and Vote

  3. Proposed Amendment to Accountability Regulations, 603 CMR 2.00 (Modification to 603 CMR 2.03) Download Word DocumentInitial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment
    Attachments:
    1. 603 CMR 2.00: Strikethrough version of regulations showing proposed amendment Download Word Document
    2. Motion

  4. Proposed Amendment to Charter School Regulations, 603 CMR 1.00 (Modification to 603 CMR 1.04(9)) Download Word DocumentInitial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment
    Attachments:
    1. Redlined version of proposed amendment to 603 CMR 1.00 Download Word Document
    2. Motion to solicit public comment

  5. Proposed Amendments to Educator Licensure Regulations, 603 CMR 7.00 (Staffing Flexibilities for 2021-2022) Download Word DocumentInitial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  6. Education Budget Update — Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Download Word Document and Charter School Matters Download Word Document Approved by the Commissioner
  2. 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 Fern├índez, 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.

Last Updated: April 16, 2021

 
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