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 […]
November 4, 2015

Foundation Budget Review Commission Issues Final Report

The Foundation Budget Review Commission completed its work of the past year and released its recommendations to the legislature on Monday, November 2, 2015. The most significant recommendation was to increase the foundation budget allocation for health insurance by linking it to average GIC rates. MBAE’s study from 2010, School […]
June 29, 2015

Foundation Budget Review Recommends Funding Adjustments

The Foundation Budget Review Commission will issue an interim report today, Tuesday, June 30th. When the report is officially released, MBAE will have its comments posted here.  Please come back later!
March 24, 2015

Foundation Budget Review – An Opportunity to Update Funding System

The Foundation Budget Review Commission held its sixth and last public hearing on the re-examination of the Chapter 70 school finance law on March 9th in Boston.  MBAE testified for funding strategies that will make effective use of resources to support a high quality education system that prepares all students to […]
February 8, 2012

Savings Impact of Municipal Health Care Reform Exceeds Expectations

When MBAE embarked on our examination of how the foundation budget for education was working, the last thing we thought it would lead to was savings for cities and towns of over $100 million on health insurance costs.  Yet, that is exactly what has occurred!   After years of debate about […]
July 25, 2011

Municipal Health Insurance Reform – Massachusetts is not Wisconsin

No, this is not Wisconsin!   Although labor leaders initially objected to giving cities and towns more control over health care plan design as an attack on collective bargaining rights, they ultimately worked with legislative leaders in Massachusetts and key stakeholders, including municipalities and employers, to craft a compromise that all […]
July 7, 2011

Coalition Urges Governor to Sign Municipal Health Insurance Reform

When the House and Senate crafted a fair and reasonable compromise on municipal health insurance reform that was approved as part of the FY12 budget and sent to the Governor, we thought that this issue had been addressed in a very responsible way.  So, we are concerned that the Governor […]
May 25, 2011

Three Budgets on the Table: Hopes and Concerns as the Senate budget debate begins

The Senate began its budget debate this week and there are several things we are watching.  Of course, municipal health care reform remains a hot topic at the top of our list.  With all three budget proposals featuring some authority for municipalities over plan design, cities and towns will finally […]
May 18, 2011

A Voice but not a Veto – Senate Takes Action on Municipal Health Care Reform

There has been great anticipation about what the Senate will do with regard to municipal health care cost control.  Today, the wait is over and we have the answer: a clear commitment to reform that matches the leadership demonstrated by the House and takes action to save an estimated $100 […]
May 1, 2011

House Protects Education Jobs with Health Care Reform Vote

You might not expect to see “health care costs” on the list of priorities for a business organization focused exclusively on education.  And, we at MBAE didn’t expect to be involved in this debate either.  That changed, however, when the findings of our report on the foundation budget, School Funding […]
April 21, 2011

Coalition Calls on House to Endorse W&M Municipal Health Insurance Reform

MBAE’s December 2010 study, “School Funding Reality: A Bargain Not Kept“, revealed that all of the $700 million in new Chapter 70 school aid from 2000 to 2007 was consumed by a $1 billion increase in health insurance costs over the same period.  According to the report, “controlling the overall […]
April 13, 2011

House Ways & Means Budget Reforms Municipal Health Care

At a State House press conference today, House Ways & Means leaders cited the evidence in MBAE’s report on the foundation budget, School Funding Reality: A Bargain Not Kept, as an imperative for reforming municipal health care design. Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey thanked MBAE as one of the groups calling […]
March 7, 2011

MBAE Weighs in on Municipal Health Care Reform

On Tuesday, March 8, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education will testify before the Joint Committee on Public Service.  Although we are regulars at hearings of the Joint Committee on Education, it is somewhat unusual for us to be testifying on legislation regarding municipal health insurance reform. We are doing […]