Saturday, April 11, 2020

In the News: Gov. Baker signs bill to suspend MCAS for this school year

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"MCAS testing requirements for the school year are suspended. The bill the governor signed into law Friday also calls for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to modify or waive graduation requirements for students set to complete high school this summer, and for due dates for district improvement plans to be pushed back. 
School districts have been closed by executive order since March 15. The new law also postpones the MBTA’s budget timeline and makes housing assistance benefits easier to acquire remotely. 
“Cancelling MCAS testing for the remainder of this school year will enable our teachers and students to focus on learning and personal well-being as we continue to navigate the current public health emergency,” Sen. Jason Lewis, co-chair of the Legislature’s Education Committee, said in a statement after the branches agreed to the bill Thursday. “Legislators heard loud and clear from teachers, parents and superintendents that this was the right thing to do.”

Related post: The legislation press release was shared on Friday

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