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.
Published on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 20:07
The regular meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education took place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, beginning at 9 am. The agenda of the meeting can be found here; the video that is available of the meeting will be online here.
Unfortunately, much of public testimony, as well as other parts of the meeting, were not available to those not physically present at the meeting, as the livestream did not always have sound available; the final two reports at the meeting were not livestreamed at all. What follows is what was available at publication, and this will be updated should video of the remainder become available.
Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:12
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met for their regular September meeting back in person in Malden. The agenda for the meeting can be found online here. The video can be found here.
The meeting opened with public comment from parents from Newton and Andover, expressing their dissatisfaction with the ways in which their school districts have opened. Both districts have some form of hybrid learning. Parents said that it was "unacceptable" and they felt "abandoned" by their districts. One called for changes in the state guidance around how classrooms and busing are to be carried out, as well as a waiver from the requirement that districts bus young elementary students.
They were followed by Professor Pat McQuillan of the Lynch School at Boston College, who, speaking on behalf of his colleagues who are also history and social studies education professors, proposed that the MCAS this year should be replaced by the civics project now required by the state. Saying this proposal "has real world relevance and is an opportunity to empower learners," hesaid "I think you've got this thing knocked if you take a look at yourself."