Joint Committee on Education

An Act relative to school choice

There shall be established a working group to review school choice as a process that is occurring currently specifically focusing on the process that is being used on issues of decision making, and financial details impacting school districts with a report to be made to the senate president and house speaker within one year of the passage of this legislation.

An Act relative to charter schools

The bill establishes that the DESE Board may only approve an application for the establishment, renewal, amendment, or expansion of a commonwealth charter school if the school meets at least one of the following criteria: (1) the school enrolls students using an opt-out admissions lottery process that automatically includes the names of all eligible students, without any required application process for the school; (2) the school enrolls students through participation in the assignment system of the district in which the school is located; or (3) the school's primary purpose is to establis

An Act establishing an educational mandate working group

Imposes a moratorium on new mandated education programs and expenses until July 1, 2018; establishes a 10 member Study Group, chaired by the chairpersons of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities; directs the Study Group to compile a list of all mandates imposed on local schools and districts, determine their economic impact and file a report making recommendations relative to the streamlining, consolidation or elimination of said mandates with the legislature not later than 6 months after the Study Group's first meeting. No general or special law cited.

An Act including transitory student enrollment in the calculation of aid under Chapter 70

This bill would allow students who transition into a district after October 1 to be factored into the student census for purposes of calculating the Foundation Budget and, consequently, state financial aid to the school district. This will ensure that state aid to Massachusetts cities and towns should more accurately reflects district demographics by creating provisions to fund expenses related to transitory student enrollment.

An Act relative to student assessment data

Most communities in the state have a cap of 9% on the amount of tuition that can be sent to charter schools.  However, communities in the bottom 10% of MCAS scores have an 18% cap.  This legislation would determine the lowest 10% of communities, for the purposes of lifting the cap, using the measure of student growth rather than static measures.

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