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Board Documents — June 2022

Special Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Via remote participation, per Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Posted: 6/28/2022 4:00 p.m.

The meeting will be recorded and live-streamed.

Agenda Item:

Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to the following litigation matters, as an open session may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the public body:

  • Family Freedom Endeavor, Inc. et al. v. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, et al., Hampden Superior Court Civil Action No. 2179CV00494; MA App. Court No. 21-J-599
  • Frigon et al. v. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, et al., Suffolk Superior Court Civil Action No. 2284CV00344-E
  • Open Meeting Law complaint filed 05/22/22; review per 940 CMR 29.05(5)
  • Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, et al., v. MA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, et al., Middlesex Superior Court Civil Action No. 2181-cv-2146

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 open portion of the meeting before the Board goes into executive session will be recorded and live-streamed. The Board will not reconvene in open session following the executive session.

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Posted: 6/23/2022 1:43 p.m.
Amended: 6/24/2022 8:54 a.m.
Amended: 6/27/2022 7:29 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 April 26, 2022 and May 24, 2022 Regular Meetings

Agenda Items:

  1. Update on Boston Public Schools — Discussion

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

  3. Amendment to Educator Licensure Regulations, 603 CMR 7.00 (Staffing Flexibilities for 2022-2023) Discussion and Vote
    Attachments:
  4. Amendment to Regulations on Accountability and Assistance for School Districts and Schools, 603 CMR 2.00 (Modification due to COVID-19 Pandemic) Discussion and Vote
    Attachments:
  5. Proposed Amendment to Special Education Regulations, 603 CMR 28.03, on Dyslexia Screening Initial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  6. Education Budget Update Discussion

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

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

  9. Annual Performance Evaluation of the Commissioner Discussion and Vote
    Attachment:

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner

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

  3. Notification of Commissioner Approval of Loans Beyond Charter Duration

  4. Chronically Underperforming Schools 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
  • 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 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: BoardofEducation@mass.gov . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

** The following documents are public records and are available upon request. Due to the volume of documents, limited web server space, and the Department's commitment to achieving meaningful accessibility to this online environment for all users, but most particularly for users with disabilities (we follow specific Commonwealth Enterprise Standards designed to meet the needs of our citizens with disabilities), we are unable to post this document on our webpage. Please send an email to BoardofEducation@mass.gov to request the document and we will respond promptly. Thank you.

Last Updated: June 28, 2022

 
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