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: 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


Public Policy Updates: June 2018 Board of Education

On Tuesday, June 26, the Massachusetts Board of Education held their final meeting of the school year. In opening the meeting, Commissioner Jeffrey Riley spoke of the Teacher of the Year event recently held, commenting that it was a great day to celebrate teachers. He announced the first of what will be an annual award in memory of the late Commissioner Mitchell Chester, honoring a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education employee, which he awarded to Russell Johnston, who filled a number of roles simultaneously this year. 


Public Policy Updates: May 2018 Board of Education regular meeting

The regular May meeting was held, as is Board tradition, at the high school of their student member. In this case, Hannah Trimarchi is a senior at Marblehead High School, who was praised during the Marblehead welcome as "just the kind of student we're looking for." During opening remarks, Commissioner Riley passed along the condolences of the Board and the Department to Stoughton on the loss of their students. He also commented "while I have some issues" around the "Leading the Nation" campaign itself, that celebrating teachers and schools is incredibly important. Public comment largely focused on the history and social studies standards, discussed later in the meeting, with particular note of gaps in creating global citizens through in-depth study of regions and of race relations after the Civil Rights movement.