In possibly the first two-day BESE meeting under Commissioner Riley, DESE takes up approving a new charter school and licensure changes, including a new Military Spouse license.

Watch the live stream here:

The agenda and documents are also available here.

Monday, February 27, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members will hear a recommendation on the approval of a new charter school in Worcester from Commissioner Jeff Riley. This will be the first charter school discussion and vote for Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler.

The meeting will only be held remotely and there is no opportunity for public comment.

We will update our FY 23 Charter School mega post with the documents related to the recommendations for the charter school in Worcester and the expansion of the region for an existing charter school. Even the documents too big for the DESE internet machines. **

BESE Agenda

  1. Charter Schools: Recommendation for New Charter School: Worcester Cultural Academy Charter Public School  — Initial Discussion

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Back to the usual business on BESE. Today they will actually cast the vote on the proposed charter school issues. There will be public comment and we expect strong opinions to be shared.

Also of note are a final vote on regulations for academic educator licenses (no movement on the proposed changes to the Vocational licensure regulations). The changes include the creation of a Military Spouse license, an new PreK-6 Digital Literacy/Computer Science License and an extension to the MTEL alternatives pilot. We will have more detail on the licensure changes here soon.

Statements from the Public*
Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Secretary
Comments from the Commissioner


Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the January 24, 2023 Regular Meeting — Vote

Agenda Items:

  1. Charter Schools: Recommendation for New Charter School: Worcester Cultural Academy Charter Public School  — Discussion and Vote
  2. Charter Schools: Amendment Request for Map Academy Charter School (Charter Region)  — Discussion and Vote
    The following documents are public records and are available upon request.**
    • Correspondence from Map Academy Charter School
    • Motion for Board Action on Map Academy Charter School
  3. Boston Public Schools Update: EY Parthenon Report  — Discussion
  4. Amendments to Educator Licensure Regulations, 603 CMR 7.00  — Discussion and Vote
  5. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner 
  6. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Report for FY2022 
  7. Legislative Report: Education-Related Laws Enacted in 192nd Legislative Session 


From the footnotes on the BESE agenda:

**The following documents are public records and are available upon request. Due to the volume of documents, limited web server space, and the Department’s commitment to achieving meaningful accessibility to this online environment for all users, but most particularly for users with disabilities (we follow specific Commonwealth Enterprise Standards designed to meet the needs of our citizens with disabilities), we are unable to post this document on our webpage. Please send an email to  to request the document and we will respond promptly. Thank you.

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