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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Board Documents — June 2021

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the May 25, 2021 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

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

  2. Career and Vocational Technical Education: Amendment to Vocational Technical Education Regulations, 603 CMR 4.00 (Admission Standards) Discussion and Discussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation
    Attachments:
    1. 603 CMR 4.03(6)(a) — Summary of Public Comments Received and Department Response
    2. 603 CMR 4.03(6)(a) — Clean version of regulations incorporating proposed amendments and changes based on public comments
    3. 603 CMR 4.03(6)(a) — Strikethrough version of regulations showing proposed amendments (strikethrough or underline) and changes based on public comments (bold italics)
    4. Motion

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

  4. Innovative Science Assessment Discussion

Regulatory Modifications Due to the COVID-19 Emergency

  1. Amendment to Accountability Regulations, 603 CMR 2.00 (Modification to 603 CMR 2.03) Discussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation

  2. Amendment to Charter School Regulations, 603 CMR 1.00 (Modification to 603 CMR 1.04(9)) Discussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation
    Attachments:
    1. Correspondence from MCPSA
    2. Redlined version of proposed amendment to 603 CMR 1.00
    3. Motion to adopt revised regulations

  3. Amendments to Educator Licensure Regulations, 603 CMR 7.00 (Staffing Flexibilities for 2021-2022) Discussion and Vote to Adopt Final Regulation

  4. Proposed Amendment to Competency Determination Regulations, 603 CMR 30.00 (Extending Interim Standard Through Class of 2025 Initial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment
    Attachments:
    1. Redlined version of proposed amendment to 603 CMR 30.00
    2. Motion to solicit public comment

  5. Education Budget Update — Discussion

  6. Annual Performance Evaluation of Commissioner Discussion and Vote

  7. Delegation of Authority to Commissioner to take Necessary Action between Board Meetings Discussion and Vote

  8. Schedule for Regular Board Meetings through June 2022 Vote

Other Items for Information

  1. State Student Advisory Council End-of-Year Report for 2020-2021

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

  3. Notification of Commissioner Approval of Loans Beyond Charter Duration

  4. Chronically Under-Performing Schools FY2021 Quarter 4 Report

Executive Session

  1. Executive Session to Discuss Litigation Strategy


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: June 18, 2021

 
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