February 15, 2017

Our Policy Agenda

In this issue:  MBAE 2017-2018 Policy Priorities | Speaker DeLeo’s Early Ed Proposal | Supporting Excellent Teaching As the legislative session gets underway, MBAE shares concerns raised in a Boston Globe Editorial on Sunday about a bill that would roll back education reforms that have made Massachusetts number one in […]
November 17, 2016

Employer Survey: Trouble Finding Candidates, Deficiencies in New Hires

A new survey of employers on public education and workforce readiness found 75% of respondents are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions, up from 69% in 2013. The problem affected a wide range of positions across industries and across the state, particularly in central and western regions. […]
October 31, 2016

Grad Rates, Boston Public Schools, Digital Literacy

In this issue:  Boston Public Schools Leading the Way in Long-Term Financial Planning | New MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards | News Worth Highlighting It’s always good news when education measures improve, so we congratulate educators for raising the U.S. high school graduation rate to the record high […]
October 5, 2016

Education Issues on Our Radar

In this issue:  MA ESSA Implementation Provides Critical Opportunity | State Revising Academic Standards and Creating MCAS 2.0 | Evaluations Key to Ensuring Effective Teaching | News Worth Highlighting While electoral politics dominate the public conversation, MBAE is focused on a few education initiatives currently underway that will have important […]
July 7, 2016

From the Desk of Linda Noonan – July 8, 2016

On July 1, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court dealt a major victory to students and teachers when it issued a ruling that the initiative petition to repeal the Common Core State Standards did not meet legal requirements to appear on the November ballot. High standards for learning, to be met […]
July 1, 2016

SJC Overturns AG’s Certification of Common Core Ballot Question

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling today in favor of the ten plaintiffs who appealed the Attorney General’s certification of the ballot measure that would repeal the common core education standards in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education applauds the SJC decision, which confirms the question does […]
May 20, 2016

Challenge Filling Jobs

In this issue:  MBAE Members in Action | News Worth Highlighting “In the first five years of the 2010 Challenge, we’ve learned that creating jobs is not the constraint; filling them is.  Massachusetts companies cannot fill current open job requisitions and in many cases are locating jobs in other regions […]
March 23, 2016

Harvard on Common Core

In this issue:  Harvard Study Shows Educator Support for Common Core | MBAE Supports Vocational-Technical Education Proposals | News Worth Highlighting “I firmly believe that the Common Core State Standards provide a strong foundation for a high quality STEM education,” Revere High School math teacher Will Schwartz, also a recipient […]
February 24, 2016

Workforce Challenges

In this issue:  Public Comment on Draft Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards | MCAS 2.0 – Stakeholder Input | Financial Literacy Summit A recent Boston Globe story underscores the critical need for reinvention of our K-12 education system. Baby boomer retirements may slow Mass. economic growth reports that “By […]
January 27, 2016

Common Core and Other Hot Topics

In this issue:  Common Core Ballot Question Threatens Student Progress | Beacon Hill Focus on Education | Helping Mentors Prepare Kids for College/Career MBAE, through our Future Ready initiative, is a proud member of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education, a group that believes every child should have access to […]
December 17, 2015

New Responsibilities and Opportunities

In this issue:  State education policy grows more important | MCAS 2.0 and a new resource for parents | Looking ahead As 2015 comes to a close, we want to thank you – our readers, supporters, partners and friends – for all you do to help us ensure our education […]
October 26, 2015

PARCC Developments and Concerns About MCAS 2.0

In this issue: PARCC is still the answer | MCAS 2.0 could mean costs, delays and chaos | News Worth Highlighting  Read more *Summaries: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education devoted much of their meetings this week to the November 17 decision about whether to choose PARCC or MCAS.  […]
September 25, 2015

PARCC, Charters, New MBAE Website

In this issue: New MBAE Website | PARCC vote approaches | MBAE supports legislative action on charter school cap, turnaround school authorities | News Worth Highlighting | Read more *Summaries: New MBAE Website – MBAE is proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website www.mbae.org. | Read […]
September 2, 2015

Response to Ballot Measure Certification

MBAE Opposes Common Core Ballot Question Certified Today – Today, the Attorney General certified Initiative Petition 15-12, a ballot measure that seeks to repeal the state’s 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards.  This action would: repeal the state’s college and career ready education standards and return to the […]
June 30, 2015

Testing moratorium, Foundation Budget Review

In this issue: A new test, not a moratorium | Foundation Budget Review Commission to Continue Work | News Worth Highlighting | Read more *Summaries: A new test, not a moratorium – Massachusetts’ statewide assessment provides essential information about whether all schools and all students are meeting high standards of […]
May 28, 2015

Civil Rights Groups on Standardized Testing

In this issue: Civil Rights Groups on Standardized Testing | Middle Class Jobs and Career and Technical Education | News Worth Highlighting | Read more *Summaries: Civil Rights Groups on Standardized Testing – Earlier this month, 12 national civil and human rights groups announced their opposition to anti-testing efforts stating […]
March 26, 2015

PARCC & MCAS, School Finance

In this issue: An Evidence-Based Approach to PARCC vs MCAS | Teacher Support for PARCC | School Finance As a Lever for Success | News & Events Worth Highlighting | Read more *Summaries: An Evidence-Based Approach to PARCC vs MCAS – MBAE applauds Governor Baker for directing Secretary James Peyser […]
January 30, 2014

Passing Notes — January 30, 2014

In this issue: MBAE, Rennie Center Make the Case for a New Education Vision | College and Career Ready Standards and New Assessments Move MA Forward | Governor’s Budget Recommendations | Passing Notes, January 30, 2014 Article Summaries: MBAE, Rennie Center Make the Case for a New Education Vision – MBAE’s […]
September 14, 2011

Passing Notes — September 2011

In this issue: Campaign To Raise College & Career Readiness Of Massachusetts Students — A new statewide campaign to raise awareness of what it takes to succeed in college and career is coming to Massachusetts. Empowering Communities With Data On School Performance — Data is a powerful tool in school improvement. When […]
May 14, 2011

Passing Notes — May 2011

May 2011 In this issue: States Take Aggressive Action on Human Capital Policies —States across the country are advancing legislation that will dramatically change human capital policies in schools. Senate Passes Municipal Health Reform Measure — Last week the Massachusetts Senate passed a municipal health reform proposal, joining the House in enabling cities and towns to implement plan design changes or join the […]
April 14, 2011

Passing Notes — April 2011

April 2011 In this issue: House Vote Controls Health Care Costs to Protect School Funds — The House of Representatives voted 113-42 this week to give cities and towns the flexibility required to control skyrocketing health care costs and protect hundreds of municipal jobs. Teacher Evaluation System Redesign Continues — The Board of […]
March 14, 2011

Passing Notes — March 2011

March 2011 In this issue: Creating a New Teacher Evaluation System — Debate over linking teacher evaluations to student achievement will be ratcheted up in March when the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Task Force on Educator Evaluation releases its recommendations for a new teacher evaluation system. Implementing Common Core State […]
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