News & Resources

August 16, 2018

MBAE Elects Four New Members to Board of Directors

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) has elected four new members to its Board of Directors.  The new directors are: ·       Roberto Cabral, Global Product Manager, GE Healthcare Life Sciences ·       Emerson Foster, Vice President of Human Resources, Sodexo ·       Rebecca Fracassa, Director of Community Impact, Comcast ·       Axel […]
August 15, 2018

Mass. Society of Certified Public Accountants Joins MBAE Affiliate Network

MBAE is pleased to announce the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants has joined our fast-growing Affiliate Network which now counts 29 members representing more than 24,000 employers across the state.  MBAE Affiliates share our commitment to ensuring that ALL students get the education they need to be successful in […]
August 2, 2018

Supporting CVTE and Aligning School to Career

MBAE has long been a supporter of career and vocational technical education and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which was reauthorized by Congress and signed into law on July 31, 2018. MBAE was one of nearly 500 corporations, business associations, state and local chambers and allied […]
August 1, 2018

Legislature Fails to Reach Consensus on School Spending

There were high expectations that the legislature would act on findings of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) to adjust the foundation budget for health insurance, special education, English Language Learners and low income students to increase funding by about $1 billion over five years. As a member of […]
July 27, 2018

Focus on Teacher Prep Brings Results

Three messages arrived in my inbox this morning pertaining to educator preparation. MBAE has considered teacher training a key lever for strengthening education and raising student performance since we worked with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) on reports on human capital policies in Boston and Springfield many years […]
July 23, 2018

MBAE Participates in Regional Effort to Identify High-Value Credentials

MBAE is pleased to participate in a recently launched initiative from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) to identify high-value credentials in key growth industries and make this information more readily available to the public via the Credential Engine platform. The High Value Credentials for New England initiative, […]
July 13, 2018

Worcester Chamber program creates pathways to manufacturing careers

Central Massachusetts employers overwhelmingly identify finding and retaining talent as their top challenge. The issue is especially acute in the advanced manufacturing sector, where an anticipated wave of retirements in the coming years is expected to lead to more than 20,000 short-term openings in middle-skill jobs like CNC machinist, quality […]
June 27, 2018

Increasing Access and Equity in Computer Science

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has taken long overdue action to expand access to computer science with a vote at its June 26 meeting letting districts count computer science courses for graduation.  The courses must include rigorous mathematical or scientific concepts in order to be substituted for […]
June 27, 2018

Ed Secretary Meets with MBAE Affiliates

MBAE affiliates met with Secretary of Education Jim Peyser on Wednesday to discuss affiliate priorities and the Baker Administration’s agenda, in a discussion that focused on empowering educators to drive school improvement, increasing student exposure to growing industries while still in school, and promoting access to STEM education, especially for […]
June 27, 2018

New Accountability System Approved

On Tuesday, June 26, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved new regulations for the accountability system that ranks Massachusetts schools and districts according to student performance and other factors.  MBAE considers accountability a critical tool to inform action to improve schools and ensure equity in educational opportunities. […]
June 25, 2018

Creating Opportunities for Students to Earn Industry Recognized Credentials in HS

In an opening presentation at work+EDU, a June 20th conference in Boston focused on bridging the gap between education and jobs, WorkingNation president Jane Oates showed how the demands of the workforce are changing at an unprecedented pace and remarked we should all feel “rational panic” about the need for […]
June 22, 2018

WBUR Poll Gauges Voter Attitudes About Education

The headline of the WBUR poll reads “Most Massachusetts Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes to Support Local Schools”, but that is not the only finding that makes this poll interesting.  The poll also gauged voter attitudes about whether their schools needed to change.    MassINC Polling Group President Steve Koczela, who […]
June 20, 2018

Our position on proposals to increase school funding

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that the “Millionaires Tax” does NOT meet the requirements to appear on the November ballot eliminating the possibility of billions of new revenue for education and transportation. We don’t expect, however, that the ruling will silence the growing calls for an increase […]
June 11, 2018

Work+EDU Event to Focus on Alignment

MBAE is excited to take a leading role in the upcoming Work+EDU, a forum for leaders in education, workforce development, and industry to share ideas for redesigning our learning ecosystems to meet the demands of the regions’ fastest growing industries. MBAE’s Executive Director Linda Noonan will lead a plenary session […]
June 8, 2018

Mass Education Secretary to meet with MBAE Affiliates on June 27th

MBAE invites members of our affiliate network to join us on Wednesday, June 27th for a meeting with Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.  To register for the event or if you’re interested in becoming an MBAE Affiliate, contact Ryan Flynn, MBAE’s Director of Affiliate Growth and Strategy.  
May 30, 2018

A Model for School Funding Reforms

The Denver Public School’s recently released budget document, the Budget Transparency Guidebook, provides detailed information about how the district spends its money, breaking down how much goes directly to schools, how much is spent centrally and for what services, and how much each service costs per student.  In a Chalkbeat […]
May 29, 2018

Closing the Skills Gap with Credentials

New Regional Labor Market Blueprints created for the Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative by teams of educators, workforce and labor market development professionals in seven regions across Massachusetts identify workforce trends and challenges as well as growth strategies for key industries.  Across all regions, finding and retaining talent is a […]
May 21, 2018

New Accountability Regulations Don’t Define School Rankings

The proposed regulations governing K-12 public school and district accountability and assistance in Massachusetts have been under review for several months by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and include some significant shifts.  The most salient is abandoning the five level pyramid that ranked schools, and thereby districts, […]
April 11, 2018

Massachusetts Leads the Nation on NAEP…But It Isn’t Enough

Yesterday’s biennial release of NAEP scores show that while the Commonwealth continues to rank #1 on The Nation’s Report Card, a deeper look at the data shows we have more to worry about than to crow about. Last week, when Massachusetts leaders celebrated 25 years of education reform with a […]
March 29, 2018

Federal law requires reporting of per pupil spending by school

Amidst the current debate about school funding in Massachusetts and growing calls for spending more, comes a potentially game-changing new federal requirement that will bring greater transparency to school spending.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed with bi-partisan support by Congress in 2015, requires states to report per pupil […]
July 27, 2018

Focus on Teacher Prep Brings Results

Three messages arrived in my inbox this morning pertaining to educator preparation. MBAE has considered teacher training a key lever for strengthening education and raising student performance since we worked with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) on reports on human capital policies in Boston and Springfield many years […]
June 27, 2018

New Accountability System Approved

On Tuesday, June 26, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved new regulations for the accountability system that ranks Massachusetts schools and districts according to student performance and other factors.  MBAE considers accountability a critical tool to inform action to improve schools and ensure equity in educational opportunities. […]
June 22, 2018

WBUR Poll Gauges Voter Attitudes About Education

The headline of the WBUR poll reads “Most Massachusetts Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes to Support Local Schools”, but that is not the only finding that makes this poll interesting.  The poll also gauged voter attitudes about whether their schools needed to change.    MassINC Polling Group President Steve Koczela, who […]
April 11, 2018

Massachusetts Leads the Nation on NAEP…But It Isn’t Enough

Yesterday’s biennial release of NAEP scores show that while the Commonwealth continues to rank #1 on The Nation’s Report Card, a deeper look at the data shows we have more to worry about than to crow about. Last week, when Massachusetts leaders celebrated 25 years of education reform with a […]
January 30, 2018

Broadening Computer Science Participation in MA

I recently attended the 2018 ECEP Alliance (Expanding Computing Education Pathways) Annual Meeting representing business as a member of the Massachusetts team along with representatives from K-12 and higher education. This year’s meeting took place in Atlanta, Georgia where teams from 17 states and Puerto Rico discussed strategies that will […]
November 20, 2017

Lawrence Proves Turnarounds Possible

It was with mixed feelings that we received the news that Lawrence Public Schools receiver Jeff Riley would be stepping down when his contract with the state ends in June.  We’re glad that Lawrence has made so much progress that a transition to a new model of receivership is beginning, […]
October 18, 2017

Low MCAS Scores Signal We May Finally Be Measuring the Right Things

The 2017 MCAS scores have been released and headlines are blaring that the scores have gone down.  This is actually good news! Massachusetts finally retired the old MCAS test that was designed in the 1990’s to measure basic proficiency, ensuring that all students were educated to the same minimum level.  […]
September 5, 2017

MBAE Calls for More Autonomy for School Leaders to Innovate

Any successful organization –whether a business or a school – needs the authority and flexibility to adapt and respond to the demands of a changing environment.  It is an essential tool in a business owner’s box, and there is ample evidence that schools thrive when they have the same ability […]
August 28, 2017

MBAE Celebrates Mitchell Chester’s Life

I was honored to be invited to share some memories of the late Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester at a celebration of his life on August 28th at Harvard’s Memorial Church.  He was a dedicated educator and a friend to MBAE and the business community.  Since I […]
July 25, 2017

Any Increase to State Education Funding Should Be Tied to Reforms

Proposals to dramatically increase state spending on education come amid significant fiscal challenges facing the state, including $431 million less than expected in tax revenues for the last fiscal year.  We agree education, the foundation of a highly skilled workforce and engaged citizenry, must be a funding priority, but we […]
June 27, 2017

Mitchell Chester’s Legacy

Massachusetts education lost a great friend and I lost a valued colleague with the passing of Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. As we at MBAE process this loss, our hearts go out to his family and to our colleagues at DESE who relied on his leadership to […]
March 29, 2017

Massachusetts Plans for Every Student to Succeed

Massachusetts has an education accountability system that has served it well – catapulting our state on many national and international measures to the top in the nation in student achievement.  The most recent version was designed in 2008 in collaboration with stakeholders, including MBAE, represented on the initial Accountability and […]
December 14, 2016

The Growing Importance of Computer Science

Future Ready Massachusetts is the focal point for MBAE’s work to prepare every student with the digital competencies they need to participate fully in our technology-dependent, knowledge-based economy and society. In this Future Ready blog post, Future Ready Director Jackney Prioly Joseph has pointed out why computer science is so […]
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 […]
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

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

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.  […]
January 24, 2016

Graduation Rates Rise

Last week,  the good news was that Massachusetts’ high school graduation rate had improved for the 9th consecutive year with 87.3% of students who entered 9th grade in 2011 getting a diploma four years later.  It was also encouraging news that the dropout rate dropped to 1.9% with 400 fewer students leaving […]
January 22, 2016

Vocational Technical Education Key to Being Future Ready

When MBAE convened focus groups of employers ten years ago, we heard a clear preference for hiring vocational school graduates – in many cases over job candidates with a college degree. Our Preparing for the Future report details the skills employers are still seeking and our subsequent report, Educating a […]
January 19, 2016

MBAE Joins TeachStrong

There is ample evidence that teachers are the most important in-school factor in student learning and achievement.   One of MBAE’s key priorities is ensuring a highly effective teacher in every classroom every year for every child. We have advocated for policies in Massachusetts at the state and district levels that will […]