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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 in Boston and Lexington.
MASC held a discussion forum in Framingham, MA in June of 2014 to discuss new state education standards and standardized assessments and key considerations for Massachusetts school districts including implementation of CCSS and MCAS vs. PARCC.
Do you have a friend or associate who might benefit from ideas and suggestions on how to move ahead as a candidate in a Massachusetts superintendent search?
If so, you will want to direct them to a series of workshops on this subject, being presented by Frank Colvario and Consulting Partners, Inc., in conjunction with MASC Executive Director Glenn Koocher and MASC Field Director Mike Gilbert.
The MASC report on final FY15 budget, the Massachusetts Gun Violence bill and other related end-of-year rulings and legislative issues related to education.
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 and will be included in the annual Delegate Manual that will be mailed to all members in early September.
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 our CRITICAL ISSUES publication, Paul Schlichtman, MASC Past President, reviews questions and misconceptions around how the cap on charter school payments is calculated, and explains how the bottom ten percent of underperforming districts are identified. The full report is now available for download.