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Welcome to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Our mission is to achieve excellence in school leadership through advocacy, training and service. We are pleased to offer a rich array of publications, resources, events and conferences to support the valuable work that our members do.
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Research shows that well-nourished children are better students. This is why MASC and New England Dairy & Food Council are hosting “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: One Meal at a Time” on Tuesday, March 8th from 10am to 2:30pm at Gillette Stadium.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a Legislative Bulletin, including an analysis of the Governor's FY17 budget recommendations and proposed changes in funding for Chapter 70, SPED, Circuit Breaker, Regional Transportation and Charter Schools.
The January 2016 MASC Bulletin is now available and includes updates on: the Senate initiative on charter school reform; BESE vote on Southbridge receivership; MASC's response to the Governor’s budget; and issues around PARCC and MCAS, including an opt-out checklist for parents and school leaders to consider
The Board of Ed met this week at Roxbury Community College, after hearing testimony last night in Southbridge regarding the Commissioner's recommendation regarding Level 5 status (state receivership).
The big news first: the Board unanimously voted in favor of receivership for Southbridge, with several members citing the community's call for "help" at last night's hearing. Commissioner Chester becomes acting receiver immediately; he intends to appoint a permanent receiver by mid-February and suggested that he might appoint a non-profit, rather than a person, as the recever (which was not well received by several Board members).
Please join MASC in welcoming Tracy O’Connell Novick, a former member of the Worcester School Committee, who joined the MASC staff as a Field Director as of January 11. In addition to her responsibilities as a Field Director, which include providing training and policy services to the Connecticut Valley geographical area, Tracy will also coordinate social media and advocacy activities of the Association. This will include educating members as to the value and use of social media and technology to enhance local communications and advocate on a state-wide level for education issues of concern to the membership.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a Legislative Alert regarding HD 4338, An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, filed on December 7, 2015. The Act intends to increase the flexibility of local governments by removing some limitations on stabilization and revolving funds, revising certain debt statutes and increasing municipal procurement thresholds. MASC's initial analysis and areas of concern are discussed in the latest MASC legislative bulletin.