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 […]
November 20, 2017

MBAE’s Take on Transition in Lawrence; New MCAS Results

In this issue: MBAE’s Take on the Transition in Lawrence | MCAS Scores May Signify We’re on the Right Track | Members in Action: IBM’s Free Math Tool for Teachers | In the News A new analysis from the D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education demonstrates in a compelling infographic that […]
October 11, 2017

Prep Students for Success; MBAE Adds Board Members

In this issue: Preparing Students for Success | Business Groups Oppose Testing Moratorium, Rollback of Education Reforms | MBAE Elects Four New Board Members | In the News In meetings and at forums over the past several months, the consistent message we hear from employers is we can and must […]
July 28, 2017

Computer Science, School Finance and Summer Reading

In this issue: Prevalence of Tech Jobs in MA Requires K-12 Adjustments | School Finance Topic of Joint Committee on Education Hearing | Summer Reading Congratulations to the Boston Public Schools and Boston Afterschool and Beyond for being selected to receive a four-year grant that will enable them to provide social […]
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 […]
June 22, 2017

Fair Share and Education Funding

In this issue:  School Funding Debate Underway on Beacon Hill | Other Items of Interest A Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation job trends report released this month finds that the industry will need to fill 11,600 additional jobs by 2022.  Biotech-related job postings are increasing at a faster rate than Massachusetts […]
May 26, 2017

Biz Groups Take Action

In this issue:  Business Groups Take Action on Senate Budget Amendments | MBAE Celebrates and Thanks Former and Outgoing Board Members | Other Items of Interest As MBAE’s Affiliate Network and partners mobilized this week to ensure that EVERY student receives an excellent education, we added three new affiliates – […]
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 | 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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