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Welcome to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC). The MASC mission is to achieve excellence in school committee leadership through advocacy, training and service. We are pleased to offer a rich array of publications, web site resources, workshops, conferences and other support for the valuable school committee work that our members do.
Three education leaders, Margaret McKenna, Katherine Craven, and Mary Ann Stewart — have been appointed by Governor Patrick to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. McKenna has been named the new chairperson of the Board.
Prior to their appointment, McKenna and Stewart have been serving as school committee members (Boston and Lexington).
The seven resolutions and proposed amendments to the MASC by-laws that will be considered and debated by the delegates to the 2014 Annual Meeting (Wednesday, November 5, 3:00pm, Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis) are posted online for review (pdf) and will be included in the annual Delegate Manual that will be mailed to all members in early September.
MASC Legislative Counsel Stephen Finnegan sent the two attached letters to the legislative leadership and conferees re MASC positions on the gun bill and proposed redraft of the attorneys’ fees bill.
Register by September 1 for the MASC/MASS Joint Conference (November 5-8, 2014) and enjoy considerable savings on your registration fees!
MASC Legal Counsel Stephen Finnegan's opinion on the role of the school committee to establish whether PARCC or MCAS will be administered in the Spring of 2015 is now available.
In the most recent edition of that MASC CRITICAL ISSUES publication, Paul Schlichtman, MASC Past President, reviews questions and misperceptions around how the cap on charter school payments is calculated and explains how the bottom ten percent of underperforming districts are identified. Read and download Paul Schlichtman's full report here (PDF).
MASC's statement is now available regarding H-4091, the Massachusetts Charter School (and Challenge School) bill approved in the House on May 22, 2014. The statement includes identification of priorities for Senate Amendments as well as MA Senate contact information.