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improvement plans, which Ms. Dow said are more detailed than appears in these district plans. In response to a question from Dr. Stotsky, Ms. Dow said the Department encourages districts to be systematic about collecting feedback from teachers.

Commissioner Chester thanked the staff for its excellent work, and pledged to bring to the Board ideas for strengthening the system in the next several months. At its June meeting, the Board will accept, reject, or direct changes to each of the districts’ Plans for School Intervention that were presented today.


The Board approved state grants totaling $2,339,130 under the following programs: Transportation Routing Software and Program, and Staff Development Regional Support Centers for Adult Basic Education (ABE). The ABE grants are contingent upon approval of the FY09 state budget.

On a motion duly made and seconded, it was:


that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approve the grants as presented by the Commissioner, provided that the state grants for Adult Basic Education for FY09 shall be subject to appropriation.

The vote was unanimous.

New Business

Board member Stotsky asked the Department to provide the Board with information on Reading First schools in Massachusetts, including what the state has learned from its own evaluation. Dr. Stotsky also requested, if possible, the names of the schools from Massachusetts that participated in the Reading First interim evaluation report, and what the reading scores of students at those schools were.

Chairman Reville commented on a situation where in Boston where high school seniors at a charter school were seeking to transfer to a regular Boston high school late in the year in order to receive a diploma. The chairman said that perhaps the Department could clarify for districts and charter schools the options available to students in these situations.

On a motion duly made and seconded, it was:


that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adjourn the meeting at 12:05 p.m., subject to the call of the chairman.


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