2016/2017

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.
 

An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth

Increases EAEDC (Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children) average monthly benefit to $429 from $303.70 and asset limit to $2500 from $250. Current benefit while in shelter is $92.80/month.
 

An Act protecting senior citizens from third party tax collection

The legislation would protect senior homeowners by preventing the sale of their tax liens to third-party collectors.  Other tools remain for municipalities to collect property taxes but the use of third-party debt collectors often use tactics that confuse and intimidate elderly homeowners.
 

An act increasing the property tax deferral for seniors

This legislation proposes increasing the local option cap to $80,000. Certain homeowners 65 years of age and older currently have the option to defer paying their property taxes.  Under existing law, this is a local option that is capped at the maximum allowance under the senior circuit breaker for a single person who is not head of household ($57,000 for t/y 2016).  Given the high cost-of-living in MA, this is low & penalizes "house rich & cash poor” seniors living on fixed incomes which exceed the threshold.
 

An Act authorizing the option of providing basic commons sense health services for residents of assisted

This legislation authorizes assisted living residences to exercise an option to provide an expanded set of basic health services to its residents: providing injections, such as Insulin; managing oxygen; application of drops or ointments; and/or changing a dressing and managing wound care.  Before permitting nurses to provide direct care for one or more of these services, the assisted living residence would have to apply for authorization to do so through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
 

An Act directing the administration to amend the Frail Elder Home and community-Based Waiver to permit eligible older adults to choose to reside in Certified Assisted Living

This bill requires the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to report on the availability and estimated cost of said waiver which would allow individuals qualifying for Medicaid and at-risk for entering a nursing home to reside in an certified assisted living residence.
 

An Act further regulating the Commission on Falls Prevention

This bill amends language to accurately reflect current name of Assisted Living Association (formerly Assisted Living Facilities Association).
 

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