Public Policy Updates

MASC reports on Massachusetts public schools, education news, school committee issues and updates from the Department of Education.

This information has been compiled by MASC Field Director Tracy Novick.

Public Policy Updates: FY20 Hearing on Revenue

Each year, the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee holds a public hearing with the Governor's office to receive expert testimony before they agree upon a revenue number for the next fiscal year; this amount will determine what they budget for next year. The Joint Committee met Wednesday, December 5 this year. The Committee is jointly chaired by Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Senator Joan Lovely, with Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan sitting in for the Governor's office. 


Public Policy Updates: November 2018 Board of Education

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met on Tuesday, November 20 for a short agenda, largely regarding the FY20 budget. A recording of the meeting can be found online here


Public Policy Updates: October 2018 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 30 in Malden. The agenda can be found here. Vice-Chair James Morton was traveling and was not present; Member Katherine Craven participated remotely.
After Chair Paul Sagan called the meeting to order, Commissioner Jeffrey Riley opened his remarks by commenting, "I was under the impression that I could cancel the Board meeting if the Red Sox won; I was disappointed to find that this was not the case."


Public Policy Updates: The Tale of Four Cities

On October 9, Holyoke hosted a presentation by the superintendents and school business officials of Brockton, Holyoke, Springfield, and Worcester of their respective gaps in budgetary spending and the need for advocacy around implementation of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission. The gathering at Holyoke High--Dean Tech was welcomed by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and State Representative Aaron Vega. Devin Sheehan welcoming Tale of Four Cities


Public Policy Updates: September 2018 Meeting of the Board of Education

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education resumed their school year schedule with a meeting on Tuesday, September 18 in Malden. The meeting agenda may be found here