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.

Novick Reports: September 27 meeting of the Board of Education

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met in Malden. This meeting followed Monday night's release of the 2016 state testing results and accountability levels, followed by the Monday night meeting on those results.


Novick Reports: Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds

Earlier this week, I attended the Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds child nutrition conference, which MASC co-sponsored. The day’s schedule is here; you can also find a link to the presentations there. My liveblog of the day is here.


Novick Reports: The Emerging Third Way - Blazing an Optimistic Path Ahead in K-12 Education

This morning, MassINC and Empower Schools co-hosted “The Emerging Third Way: Blazing an Optimistic Path Ahead in K-12 Education” at the ICA in Boston. For those on Twitter, the hashtag was #ThirdWayEd. The “Third Way” prior to the event was described as:

  • Convergence on "best practice" for which they cite school controlled hiring (and cite charter schools) and extended day (likewise, cited charter schools)
  • Collaborative alignment with charters (for example, a unified enrollment system)
  • "Empowerment Zone" as in Springfield, where the "charter-like" powers were cited as an example


Novick Reports: May Meeting of the Board of Education

This morning, the Board of Education had their usual May meeting in Everett.

While only the Commissioner spoke during the opening comment period, there were a few things that I’d call to your attention.


Novick Reports: March Meeting of the Board of Education

This morning, the Board of Education had their March meeting. The breaking news of the morning was the public announcement of the receiver for the Southbridge Public Schools, Jessica Huizenga, currently assistant superintendent in Cambridge. Prior to her time in Cambridge, Dr. Huizenga was interim superintendent in Freetown-Lakeville. She begins May 2.

This was announced at the meeting as part of Commissioner Chester’s extensive opening comments, which also included some discussion by the Board of the recent report of UP Holland’s high suspension rates, particularly in young children.