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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.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met on Tuesday, June 30 remotely to close the school year. The agenda is online here; the videos of the meeting (of which there are three in sequence) begin here.
Chair Katherine Craven opened by commenting that the Board intends to continue to allow for some form of remote public comment even after the meetings are back together, as it has allowed for greater participation of more people from across the state. She also recognized newly appointed member Darlene Lombos of the Greater Boston Labor Council who is filling the labor seat vacated by Ed Doherty.
Chair Katherine Craven opened the meeting by speaking of the value of being as transparent as possible during this time, as they make plans for the nearly one million children impacted by the school closure. She spoke of her appreciation for those at the Department and in districts and of families, and said that the Department would share plans as soon as they are developed.
Districts grapple with summer school models as coronavirus persists (Education Dive)
Worcester teachers' union president raise concerns around remote learning plan (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Essex Tech delivers signs to homes of seniors (Salem News)
Two school districts on opposing sidelines on paying spring coaches (North of Boston Wicked Local)
Online banquets and a drive-in graduation on tap for Everett High (Everett Independent)
Senate President Spilka paints a 'frightening' picture of state finances due to pandemic (Metrowest Daily News)
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.