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Board Documents — May 2023

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St. Malden, MA 02148
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Posted: 5/17/2023 1:25 p.m.

The meeting will be recorded and live-streamed.

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


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the April 25, 2023 Regular Meeting Vote

Agenda Items:

  1. Early College Update Discussion

  2. Early Literacy Update Discussion

  3. Use of Electronic Devices in Schools Discussion

  4. Holyoke Public Schools Update Discussion

  5. Amendment to Regulations on Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools, 603 CMR 52.00 Discussion and Vote
  6. Delegation of Authority to Commissioner to Approve Contracts Proposed by Three Charter Schools Discussion and Vote

  7. Educational Vision Discussion
  8. Education Budget Update Discussion

Other Items for Information

  1. Proposed Schedule for Regular Board Meetings through June 2024

  2. Report on Scheduling of Comprehensive Audits and Reviews

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. Matt Hills, Vice-Chair, Newton
  • Ms. Tricia Canavan, South Hadley
  • Ms. Darlene Lombos, Boston
  • Ms. Farzana Mohamed, Newton
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. Eric Plankey, Westford, Student Member
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard, Brookline
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Dr. Patrick A. Tutwiler, Secretary of Education, Andover
  • 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: . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Last Updated: June 13, 2023

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