News & Resources

October 23, 2018

Sign Up for Our 11/28-29 Education Finance Seminar with Edunomics Lab, Georgetown Univ.

School funding is a hot topic in Massachusetts that will only heat up when the Legislature reconvenes in January. Do you know how management decisions, wide-ranging policies and resource allocation intersect to impact student success across multiple contexts including your own?  Join us for this two-day interdisciplinary program combining finance, economics and […]
October 16, 2018

Growing Middle Skills Jobs

New research by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs, finds that two out of three jobs nationally demand at least some education or training beyond high school – in Massachusetts, the number approaches 3 out of 4! In addition, the study […]
October 15, 2018

Digital Equity Walk Comes to the MA STEM Summit

We’re presenting the Digital Equity Walk at the 2018 Massachusetts STEM Summit on Wednesday, November 14. You can register to attend the STEM Summit here.  MBAE’s Digital Equity Walk is a 45-90 minute interactive activity featuring visual presentations of data which highlight where access to computer science coursework is inequitable, […]
October 10, 2018

New school report cards should empower communities

Just like students, schools get a report card each year. And, like a student’s report card, the school report card should create urgency for action when the news isn’t good. By providing easily accessible information on how well a school is serving its students, report cards can be a powerful […]
October 5, 2018

Credentials Can Help with College Costs

A recent article highlights the growing financial burden students and families take on in order for students to earn a college degree. According to the Value of Education survey conducted by HSBC, students are working more hours and spending less time in “lectures, the library or studying at home” in […]
October 4, 2018

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Joins MBAE Affiliate Network

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has signed on as an MBAE Affiliate, signaling its commitment to ensuring all students get the education they need to be successful in college and career. The […]
September 25, 2018

Changes at MBAE

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m often told how critical MBAE’s voice is in our state’s efforts to deliver the high quality education every child deserves.  We’re known for rejecting the status quo when it is failing, challenging the system to act boldly, and bringing valued perspectives and important evidence to […]
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 […]
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 […]
February 17, 2017

Jill Norton and Linda Noonan Discuss Massachusetts’ Learning Standards [Podcast]

In this podcast from EdTech Times, Jill Norton, the Director of Education Policy for Abt Associates, and Linda Noonan discuss the skills students need for success and the connection between learning standards and what is required in the workplace. Linda also comments on the process currently underway to update the […]
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 […]
January 31, 2017

Changes Would Weaken Teacher Evaluation

A proposed change to the state’s teacher evaluation regulations would substantially weaken them and make it harder to achieve the critical goal of ensuring every student in the Commonwealth is taught by a highly effective teacher every year. In written comments, MBAE urged the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education […]
October 20, 2016

“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

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 […]
June 7, 2016

“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 […]
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 […]
December 15, 2015

Will “Every Student Succeeds Act” Leave No Child Behind?

Like every other education policy-focused organization, we’ve been spending time analyzing and trying to understand what the long-overdue re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as “No Child Left Behind“, means for Massachusetts. A lot has already been written about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law at a […]
June 22, 2014

Teacher Prep Review Charts Course to Improvement

  For the second year, the National Council on Teacher Quality has reviewed 2400 teacher education programs across the country and found many lacking.  Findings released last week reveal mixed results for Massachusetts.  The good news is that the Commonwealth is making progress by instituting some of the policies shown to make a […]
June 22, 2014

Transforming Human Capital Key to School Improvement

The Boston Public Schools have a plan for driving improvements in the city’s schools that is both exciting and likely to bring about very positive results for children.  Interim Superintendent John McDonough and Assistant Superintendent for Human Capital Ross Wilson have made a strong commitment to great teachers and school […]
April 28, 2014

New Action to Improve Teacher Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education is moving forward with a plan to improve the recruitment and preparation of our nation’s teachers.  This is welcome news since educator preparation programs have been shown to lack the rigor and training needed for effective teaching, as the infographic below from the Department shows. […]
March 24, 2014

The New Opportunity to Lead

In the Constitution adopted in 1780 and in force today, the people of Massachusetts recognized that the “opportunities and advantages of education” were “necessary for the preservation of their rights had liberties,” and directed the representatives of the people to “cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all […]
August 26, 2013

New York Connects Teacher Prep to Classroom Performance

This month New York City became the first district in the nation to release reports on how teacher preparation programs relate to performance in the classroom. The Teacher Preparation Program Reports, released by the NYC Department of Education, evaluated the twelve programs that supplied the most teachers to the NYC […]
June 18, 2013

Teacher Prep Review Spotlights Problems in Massachusetts

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, the National Council on Teacher Quality(NCTQ) released a report that has the same game-changing potential to bring about education reforms that will propel our schools and children forward.  The report, Teacher Prep Review:  A […]
May 20, 2013

Positive Signs for Teacher Evaluation Progress

Although MBAE has expressed skepticism about the cumbersome new model system that Massachusetts has developed to implement new teacher evaluation regulations, recent news from the state’s two largest districts – Boston and Springfield – give us reason to be cautiously optimistic that we were wrong. SPRINGFIELD – In October 2011, […]
October 11, 2012

Entering Teaching Profession in Finland a Rigorous Process

This guest post by Emily Parks, Assistant Superintendent in Westwood Public Schools, is another in a series by members of the Massachusetts Education Delegation touring Finland. During our time in Finland, again and again, we have heard from Finnish educators and policy-makers about a pervasive culture of trust.  We keep asking […]
June 22, 2012

What’s the Fuss About Teacher Evaluation?

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation – S.2315 An Act Providing for the Implementation of Education Evaluation Systems in School Districts.  The bill is a compromise forged by Stand for Children and the Massachusetts Teachers Association to make teacher effectiveness, as measured through evaluation of performance, the primary factor in […]
June 7, 2012

Legislature Should Act to Avoid Ballot Fight

It is good news that Stand for Children and the Massachusetts Teachers Association have come up with a legislative proposal that both organizations can support to address the issues raised in Stand’s Great Teachers Great Schools ballot initiative. MBAE joined with Associated Industries of Massachusetts and our other partners in […]
March 9, 2012

New York State Website Tracks Educator Evaluation Progress

With the introduction this week of a new state-sponsored website that tracks each New York school districts progress on implementing teacher evaluation, Governor Andrew Cuomo once again puts the pressure on to get teacher evaluation implemented across the state. The new website tracks progress in each district showing a checked […]