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 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.  […]
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 […]
October 11, 2017

MBAE Elects 4 New Board Members

MBAE is pleased to announce the election of four new, exceptional leaders to our Board of Directors. We welcome  Rebecca Frisch, Vice President, Government Relations and Co-Chair TD Bank’s Southern New England Diversity Council, Jacqui Lipson, Vice President, PreK-12 Education at Widmeyer Communications, Syed Quadri, Senior ASIC design verification engineer […]
September 12, 2017

Biz groups unite to oppose rollback of ed reforms

MBAE and its 22 Business Affiliates, along with Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable issued a statement today opposing bills that would place a three-year moratorium on statewide standardized testing and gut the state’s education accountability system. At an Education Committee Hearing on […]
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 […]
September 5, 2017

MBAE Position on Legislation That Would Establish Innovation Partnership Zones

September 5, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) supports giving school leaders, particularly in low-income and struggling districts, the authority and flexibility they need to innovate and decide how to meet the needs and aspirations of their students on a daily basis.   Evidence shows that schools that […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
July 25, 2017

MBAE Position on Proposed Increases in State Education Funding

July 25, 2017 – The legislature is considering bills that would dramatically increase state funding for K-12 schools.  Yet, our problem is not just how much money is allocated, but also how money is spent.  Our current school funding system is out-of-date and undeniably contributes to our failure to prepare […]
July 12, 2017

Job Opportunities Grow, Schools Must Respond

In Massachusetts, most new jobs between 2010 and 2020 will require more than a high school diploma.  High school graduates should be well-prepared to pursue opportunities in our fastest growing fields. A Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation job trends report released in June finds that the industry will need to fill […]
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

MBAE & Affiliates Take Action to Protect Reforms that Made MA #1

The MBAE Affiliate Network let Senators know this week why employers oppose Senate budget amendments that would dismantle education reforms that have made Massachusetts number one in the nation in student achievement. The Network urged the Senate to reject budget amendments which are addressed in bills that will be reviewed […]
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 – […]
April 25, 2017

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Joins Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education as Affiliate

April 24, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Greater Boston Chamber has joined the growing list of business groups who have become MBAE Affiliates. “Our members share the interests and concerns of employers across the state […]
April 13, 2017

Helping Students Reach Their Dreams [VIDEO]

MBAE-led Future Ready Massachusetts has launched a crowdfunding campaign to translate the Future Ready Mentor Toolkit. The Mentor Toolkit is a resource for parents and other influential adults designed to help students plan for success during and after high school. Future Ready has already reached over 11,000 students, families, mentors and […]
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 […]
March 2, 2017

MBAE and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Focus on Education

(Boston) March 2, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in New England, announced today that the Worcester Chamber has signed on as MBAE’s first business “Affiliate” signaling its commitment to driving education improvements that will ensure all […]
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 […]