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Board Documents — March 2022

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
March 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Posted: 3/15/2022 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will be recorded and 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 February 15, 2022 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Recognition of National Guard, MEMA, and Other Partners — Discussion

  2. Springfield Empowerment Zone Update Presentation and Discussion
  3. Update on Action Steps to Support Schools, Students, and Families Discussion

  4. Proposed Amendment to Regulations on Accountability and Assistance for School Districts and Schools, 603 CMR 2.00 (Modification due to COVID-19 Pandemic) Initial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment
    Attachments:
  5. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools: Certificate Renewals Discussion and Vote

  6. Education Budget Update — Discussion

Other Items for Information

  1. Report on Grants and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner

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 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 comments in writing, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of their comments prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written comments, 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. E-mail: BoardofEducation@mass.gov . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Last Updated: April 5, 2022

 
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