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Board Documents — December 2021

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
December 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will be recorded and live-streamed.

Posted: 12/08/2021 11:15 a.m.

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


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the October 19, 2021 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Early Literacy: Mass Literacy Update Discussion
  2. Update on Action Steps to Support Schools, Students, and Families Discussion

  3. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education FY2023 Budget Proposal and Report from the Board's Budget Committee Discussion and Vote

  4. Proposed Student Achievement Award Program Discussion and Vote

  5. Educator Diversification Update Discussion
  6. High School Chemistry and Technology/Engineering Assessments Discussion
  7. Charter Schools — Modification of Conditions for City on a Hill Charter Public School Discussion and Vote

Other Items for Information

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner
  2. Charter School Authorizing Activities for 2021-2022
  3. Report on Scheduling of Comprehensive Audits and Reviews

  4. 2020-2021 Annual Report of the Educational Personnel Advisory Council

  5. Student Opportunity Act Data Advisory Commission: 2021 Annual Report

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Newton
  • Ms. Eleni Carris Livingston, Wellesley, Student Member
  • 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 Monday preceding the regular Friday 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: December 17, 2021

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