It’s Charter Season! Don’t miss the next BESE Meeting – Jan 22, 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you can use the long weekend and snowy weather to catch up on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education documents. A packed agenda is scheduled. Charter schools that get district buildings for free, charter schools that are not doing so well, high school accountability, computer science courses and reports on “underperforming” schools that are doing exactly what the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education tells them to do. We expect a robust public comment period with lots of parents and community members to attend this meeting.

The full set of BESE documents is available online here. If you can’t get to Malden in person at 8:30am Tuesday, you can  watch a live stream here.

Bonus!  The BESE will also discuss their annual report on DESE and BESE activities. You This year’s report is a fancy interactive online document featuring multiple districts, including Boston, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Burlington, Cambridge, Central Berkshire Regional, Chelsea, Fall River, Groton-Dunstable, Hampden-Wilbraham, Methuen, Revere, Salem, Somerville and Wakefield.

From the January 14, 2019 Special Meeting

  1. Redesigned School and District Report Cards 
  2. Update on Automated Test Scoring 
  3. New Bedford Charter School Matters

January 22, 2019 Meeting

Charter School Matters

1. Alma del Mar Charter School, New Bedford: Expansion Request  

  1. City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford: Charter Renewal
  2. Information on New Charter Applicants; Overview of Process for New Charters 
  3. Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School: Report on Probation 
  4. Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter School: Report on Probation
  5. 2019 Accountability for High Schools 

7. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Report for FY 2018 

8. Legislative Report: Education-Related Laws Enacted in 190th Legislative Session

9. Chronically Underperforming Schools: 2nd Quarter FY 2019 Progress Reports 

10. Substituting a Computer Science Course for a MassCore Mathematics or Laboratory Science Course: Courses and Criteria for Inclusion

  1. Report on Grants and Charter School Matters Approved by the Commissioner


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