October 26, 2016

Boston Public Schools Leading the Way in Long-Term Financial Planning

Boston Public Schools, like most large urban districts, faces significant budget challenges that too often result in short-term, sometimes drastic “fixes” that profoundly impact the system’s ability to provide a quality education. That problem stems in large part from the uncertainty of funding allocations from year to year. While struggling […]
October 24, 2016

Digital Literacy: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

MBAE, through Future Ready Massachusetts, is committed to digital equity in our schools to make sure every student acquires the knowledge and skills to access and use technology, computers and the Internet. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted educational standards for digital literacy and […]
October 20, 2016
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“The missing piece of education reform”

In this guest article featured in the most recent issue of Commonwealth Magazine, Ed Moscovitch, chairman and co-founder of the Bay State Reading Institute, presents a detailed discussion of a “key finding about superintendents and principals” and its “enormous implications for state policy.” He says, “The key factor limiting school […]
October 5, 2016
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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 […]
September 29, 2016

MCAS 2.0 Delay a Cause for Concern

About this time last year, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) was deciding whether to replace the state’s MCAS exam with a new assessment called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness). MBAE, after commissioning research comparing MCAS and PARCC that concluded the latter was a […]
July 7, 2016
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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 6, 2016
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MBAE Remembers Bob Fraser

Bob Fraser was with MBAE at the start and he stayed with us until his death last week at 87.  He was a leader of the Massachusetts business community when he joined forces with Jack Rennie to bring the clout of employers to bear on improving the state’ public schools.  […]
July 1, 2016
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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 […]
June 16, 2016

(Young) Women in STEM [Video]

Chelmsford public school students rock this amusing and entertaining video, entitled Girls are All About that Math (All about that bass) and produced by Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, Chelmsford’s K-12 Mathematics Department Coordinator. The video features students, primarily a small unit of girls in and out of white lab coats, singing […]
June 7, 2016
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“Test data should be used in teacher evaluations”

Editorials from The Boston Globe and Boston Herald support using student achievement data in teacher evaluations. The editorials come in the wake of a Massachusetts Senate budget amendment that would “eliminate a state regulation instructing school districts to use student performance data, such as improvement in MCAS test scores, when […]
May 20, 2016
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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 Study Shows Educator Support for Common Core

“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 of the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship, told the Joint Committee on Education at a Public Hearing on March […]
March 23, 2016
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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 […]
March 7, 2016

MBAE Testimony Before the Joint Committee on Education

On behalf of the MBAE Board of Directors, Treasurer and Board Member Joseph E. Esposito presents testimony today before Senate Chair Sonia Chang-Diaz, House Chair Alice Peisch, and members of the Joint Committee on Education opposing H.3929 – An Act Relative to Ending Common Core Education Standards. Read or download […]
March 3, 2016

Judges Needed for 67th Annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair

MIT is hosting the 67th annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair in the Rockwell Cage on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. This statewide event features the highest quality projects accomplished by students from all over Massachusetts. Project categories include behavioral science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, […]
February 24, 2016
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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 […]
February 19, 2016

“Students who pass state graduation tests still unprepared for college”

  This story, produced by The Hechinger Report and featured on PBS NewsHour, examines “…a perplexing situation that contributes to the rising cost and low success rate of higher education nationwide: Students pass state tests that say they’re good enough to graduate from high school but colleges consider them unprepared […]
January 28, 2016

Biz leader calls MBAE a model for Michigan

  In an op-ed piece from the Detroit News, Ken Whipple, calls on Michigan to use MBAE as a model to help fix Detroit and Michigan schools. Read the op-ed here
January 28, 2016

Common Core Ballot Question Threatens Student Progress

Flying mostly under the radar in recent months, the ballot measure that would repeal the Common Core has escaped the close examination it deserves.  If passed, it would have a devastating impact on Massachusetts schools, upending every district in the state by: forcing all schools to go back to using […]
January 27, 2016
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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 […]
February 25, 2013

Governor’s Education Funding Plan Needs More Work

Whether or not you agree with the revenue proposals in Governor Patrick’s FY14 state budget, business leaders can support the priority given to improving education from pre-K through higher ed.  A high quality education system is an engine of economic growth.  In his arguments for new education revenue and spending, […]
November 16, 2011

Is Massachusetts on Track to Meet Race to the Top Goals?

One year ago, Massachusetts was awarded a $250 million Race to the Top grant that required implementation of far-reaching and some controversial policies with the goal of completing the unfinished work of education reform – closing achievement gaps and raising student achievement to the levels demanded by our global economy.  […]
April 5, 2011

Over $2 billion in federal ARRA money has been awarded to MA, where has it all gone?

At the beginning of the year, I raised concerns about whether ARRA funds are really making a difference in advancing education reform efforts in Massachusetts.  Since then, I’ve dug deeper into where all the money has gone and I’ve found that we are still waiting for investments in reform efforts […]
February 2, 2011

FY 2012 Budget Shows Promise and Pause for Ed Reform

With the Governor’s release of his FY2012 budget, it is encouraging to see education as one of his top priorities.  By increasing education funding by 5%, the Governor is clearly committed to sustaining the state’s leadership in student achievement.  However, what’s left unanswered for me is how much of this […]
January 7, 2011

ARRA: Just a Quick Fix or Long-Term Reform?

With a projected $1.5 billion to $2 billion budget gap this year, there will be scrutiny of past spending as the Massachusetts legislature begins its new session with balancing the budget at the top of its agenda. It’s been almost two years since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) […]
September 8, 2010

Massachusetts Leads the Way on New Tests

The usual critics have come forward to warn that the state’s leadership of a consortium that will be developing assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards is the end of MCAS.  This judgment is premature given  newspaper reports that quote state leaders contradicting this conclusion and a strong statement by Department […]
August 30, 2010

‘Surprises’ in Race to the Top

As the Deputy Director at MBAE, one of the main projects has been tracking, evaluating, and summarizing the education stimulus programs of which Race to the Top (RTTT) is, by far, the most high profile. As such, I’ve gotten quite familiar with the program, the state’s application, and the reporting […]
August 24, 2010

Massachusetts Wins in Race to the Top!

Massachusetts wins millions for education reform in landmark Race to the Top competition.
August 5, 2010

Massachusetts Organizations Win Millions Investing in Innovation

Update: The Department of Education has made their official announcement of the i3 grant winners – no changes from the leaked report, but they have posted a summary of characteristics of the winners as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the highest rated applicants. ************ The U.S. Department […]