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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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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held their May meeting on Monday, May 22 and on Tuesday, May 23. The agenda is posted online here.
The Tuesday morning meeting was held, as is the Board's practice, at the school of their student representative; Nathan Moore, this year's student representative, attends Scituate High School. The Board was welcomed by Superintendent John McCarthy and Principal Robert Wargo.
No single document in your district is more important than your budget. It not only allocates millions of dollars: it also delineates the policies those dollars support and advances your district goals.
The first challenge of a school district budget is creating it; the second, and more critical challenge, is communicating it. Is your budget being presented to your community in a way that is transparent, informative, and easy to understand? Are you doing all that you could with your budget presentation?
The following Massachusetts school committees and city councils have passed a resolution this spring in support of the Recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC). If your community is not listed here and has recently passed a resolution, please email Tracy Novick at email@example.com to update the list.
Guidelines for public school districts re requests for access or information by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Late last week, MA Attorney General Maura Healey issued guidance to health care providers and local public school districts on immigration enforcement and requests for information from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The AG’s Office issued the guidance following inquiries from health care providers and public school officials about the impact of federal immigration policies and executive orders on patients and students. This guidance follows an advisory the AG’s Office sent earlier this year reminding local public school districts of their obligation under state and federal law to provide all students with equal access to primary and secondary education, irrespective of citizenship or immigration status.
While the Senate Budget takes further steps towards implementing the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, it omits some of the other recommendations. We urge you to contact your Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor budget Amendment 75, which lays out a timeline and process for implementation of these additional provisions, while including low income and English Language Learner sections. Local school committee members and superintendents know the urgency this issue warrants!
The Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee recently released its FY2018 Budget recommendations, which examines both the Governor's budget proposal and the House budget proposal and releases its own recommendations for the annual budget for deliberation by the Senate. MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan just published a Legislative Bulletin which outlines the recommendations, including a $22 million increase in Chapter 70 over the House budget, a $12 million increase in the Special Education Circuit Breaker and others.