Massachusetts Business Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Senate Bill 308 and House Bill 2844 that Dism

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September 12, 2017
Massachusetts Business Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Senate Bill 308 and House Bill 2844 that Dismantle Education Reforms

Business groups from across the state urge legislators to defeat Senate Bill 308 and House Bill 2844 that will dismantle reforms that have led to Massachusetts rise to number one in the nation in student achievement.

As employers, we recognize that an excellent education is the foundation EVERY student needs to be a productive citizen, join and lead the workforce, and earn a family sustaining wage that will enhance their own and our state’s economic well-being.

The education reforms that Massachusetts adopted in 1993 and in subsequent years have catapulted the state to number one in the nation in student achievement. Any rollback of these measures would be a grave mistake that would set our students, particularly our most vulnerable, and our schools back.

The organizations listed below represent employers across the Commonwealth and urge the legislature to oppose Senate Bill 308 and House Bill 2844

Oppose limitations on use of data essential for district and school leaders to make decisions that are in the best interest of students, particularly in struggling schools. Provisions of particular concern would:
  • gut the state’s education accountability system that has provided actionable data essential for school improvement;
  • eliminate state requirements that districts evaluate teachers, at least in part, on their impact on student learning, growth, or achievement; and,
  • increase funding without tying the new spending to immediate, tangible and measureable results.


Oppose a moratorium on MCAS testing. Statewide standardized tests are essential because they:
  • ensure that the same bar for learning is set for every student, in every district across the state;
  • provide critical information to parents and educators about whether students are meeting those expectations;
  • shine a light and therefore create urgency to address persistent racial and socio-economic achievement gaps; and,
  • provide essential data about school and district performance that can be used to correct course if necessary, or to highlight best practices that can be replicated.


Affiliated Business Groups
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Bristol County Chamber of Commerce
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce
Concord Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Council of Western Mass.
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce
Mass. Technology Leadership Council
MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Newton Needham Regional Chamber
Orleans Chamber of Commerce
The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce
Springfield Business Leaders for Education
Springfield Regional Chamber
TechNet
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
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