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Board Documents — May 2022

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
John W. McCormack Building*, Ashburton Cafe Conference Room
1 Ashburton Place, Plaza Level
Boston, MA 02108
May 24, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Posted: 5/19/2022 10:05 a.m.
Updated: 5/23/2022 9:30 a.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**


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the April 26, 2022 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

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

  2. School Counselor of the Year: Tama Lang Presentation and Discussion

  3. Update on Boston Public Schools Discussion
  4. Supporting Students' Mental Health and Wellness Discussion

  5. State Student Advisory Council End of Year Report for 2021-2022 — Discussion

  6. Special Education Update: IEP Improvement Project Discussion

  7. Update on FY2023 State Education Budget Discussion
  8. Proposed Schedule for Regular Board Meetings through June 2023 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
  • 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 meeting will be recorded and live-streamed.

* Meeting location updated: May 23, 2022

** 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 Friday 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: . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Last Updated: June 2, 2022

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