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: April Economic Roundtable on FY21

Recognizing how radically circumstances have shifted since the joint revenue hearing back in early December, the chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Senator Michael Rodrigues and Representative Aaron Michlewitz, together with Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan, hosted an economic roundtable on April 14 to update the projected revenue for the fourth quarter of FY20 and the budget year of FY21. While Sen. Rodrigues, Rep. Michlewitz, and Secretary Heffernan were all at the State House, all testimony was taken remotely. 

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Public Policy Updates: March 2020 Board of Ed

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held its March meeting remotely, under the Governor's emergency provisions during the pandemic. The agenda focused almost entirely on the Department's response to and organization for education during this time.

The agenda can be found online here; the video of the meeting is available here

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Public Policy Updates: FY21 Hearing on Ways and Means

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means held their hearing on education and local aid at the Malden Senior Center on Friday, March 6. The Committee was chaired by Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Christine Barber. Testimony was only taken as invited; anyone wishing to give testimony on a budget matter may do so at the open session on Tuesday, March 24 at 11 am at the State House. Senator Lewis opened by quoting Hamlet, reminding speakers "brevity is the soul of wit."

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Public Policy Updates: February 2020 Board of Ed

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Malden. The agenda is here; the video of the meeting is here

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Public Policy Updates: January Board of Education

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met for their regular January meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The agenda for the meeting can be found here; the video of the meeting is available here

The meeting opened with brief remarks from Senator Jason Lewis (who represents the area around the Department) regarding the Student Opportunity Act. Chair Katherine Craven thanked him and the Legislature for their work; he in turned thanked the Department, singling out the finance department in particular, for their work supporting the legislation, commenting "we lost track of how many models we ran" during the deliberation in committee. 

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