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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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In a continued effort to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the Commonwealth, on April 26, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced that $2 million from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) will fund cooperative efforts to help Massachusetts public schools test for lead and copper in drinking water.
The funds, to be used by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will provide technical assistance to ensure that public school districts can sample the taps and water fountains in their schools, and to identify any results that show lead and copper contamination over the action level. Note: the program will also cover early education programs that are publicly owned or operated.
Many of your committees have supported the Resolution Calling for Full Funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s Recommendations. This meeting is an opportunity to bring the issue to the next level by discussing with Legislators how we can work together to make adequate, equitable and reliable funding a reality in Massachusetts.
We are very pleased that Representative Alice Peisch and Representative John Rogers will be joining our panel. Representative Peisch is Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Education. She was also Co-Chair of the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Representative Rogers is a member of the Joint Committee on Education. He has filed a bill, HD4531, An Act Strengthening Public Education in the Commonwealth, which would legislate implementation of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations.
John Robertson, Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Legislative Division, will also be joining the panel. The MMA had representation on the FBRC. Because Chapter 70 often represents the largest component of local aid, the MMA is also a strong advocate of adequate, equitable and reliable funding for education.
Date: May 11, 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Collaborative for Education Services, 97 Hawley St, Northampton
The new model for Superintendent Evaluation in Massachusetts can seem cumbersome and overwhelming. Done well, it can be an effective tool in moving your district forward. In this workshop, we’ll dissect the various components of the evaluation model. We’ll discuss how to plan and implement the evaluation cycle in a way that meets your district’s needs and keeps the process simple and manageable.
Along with your questions, you are encouraged to bring your own examples of superintendent goals that have either worked well or have not for the group to discuss.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a new Legislative Bulletin with analysis of the House Ways & Means Budget Recommendations. The bulletin includes details on Chapter 70 funding, transportation and special education circuit breaker, METCO and charter school reimbursements, Kindergarten grants, low-income definition and special education rates.
At a recent Citizens for Public Schools Forum, MASC Past President and current Arlington School Committee member Paul Schlichtman gave a detailed presentation on the crippling financial impact of charter schools on public school districts and followed with a discussion on the status of the proposed charter school legislation currently under debate in the legislature and the pending ballot question.