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 2021 Board of Ed

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held their regular October meeting on Tuesday, October 19 at 9 am. The agenda can be found online here; the video of the meeting is online here

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Public Policy Updates: September 2021 Board of Education

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education had their regular September meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Meeting at 9:30 at 1 Ashburton Place, the Board had a very unstable livestream for much of public comment, resulting in incomplete coverage of that portion here. The agenda of this meeting can be found online here

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Public Policy Updates: Special August meeting, 2021

Today, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held a special meeting to consider Commissioner Jeffrey Riley's request for authority to implement additional public health measures for all Massachusetts public schools prior to reopening for this school year, specifically masking in school buildings for all those ages five and up. Video of this meeting, which was held remotely, can be found online here

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Public Policy Updates: June 2021 Board of Ed

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education had their regular June meeting on June 22, 2021 at 9 am. The agenda for the meeting can be found online here. Video of the meeting can be found here

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Public Policy Updates: May 2021 Board of Ed meeting

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met on May 25, 2021 at 9 am. The agenda for this meeting can be found online here. Video coverage of the meeting can be found here

Traditionally, the May meeting of the Board is hosted by the district of the ongoing student representative; this was not done at this meeting due to the pandemic. Board Chair Katherine Craven said she hoped that the Board might still be able to meet in Billerica, hometown of student member Jared Coughlin, before the Board's summer recess.

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