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Board Documents — May 2021

Regular Meeting*

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, May 25, 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**


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the April 20, 2021 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. School Counselor of the Year, Jessica Descartes Presentation and Discussion

  2. School Reopening Update: Recent Developments and Anticipated Next Steps Discussion
    1. Academic Excellence Roadmap and Other Plans for Summer and Fall
    2. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Planning (ARP ESSER III)

  3. Advancing Deeper Learning: Update on Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning Discussion

  4. Amendments to Student Learning Time Regulations, 603 CMR 27.00 (Return to In-person Instruction) Discussion and Vote to Adopt Permanent Regulations
    1. 603 CMR 27.00 Strikethrough version of regulation showing amendments
    2. Summary of public comment
    3. Public comment
    4. Motion

  5. State Student Advisory Council End-of-Year Report for 2020-2021 — Discussion

  6. Update on Early College and Innovation Pathway Programs Discussion

  7. Education Budget Update Discussion
    1. FY22 Senate Ways & Means Budget Summary

  8. Proposed Schedule for Regular Board Meetings through June 2022 Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner

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.

Last Updated: May 17, 2021

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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