Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
Advocacy - (being understood) combines respect for all participants with the courage to speak your voice, share your insights, and advance the dialogue towards a new understanding of the whole. (L.R. Beaumont)
An Act Relative to Certification of Interpreters in Educational Settings (HD 2334 (Re. Cabral) /SD 347(Sen. Welch)
This legislation directs the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create standards and competencies for the training, hiring and use of interpreters in educational settings in order to provide limited English proficient (LEP) parents and students with competent interpretation services, as required by federal and state law. Fact Sheet
Public Hearing September 4, 2019
Student Opportunity Act is a major overhaul of the state's Chapter 70 education funding formula and revision of foundation budget rates.
MABE joins others in expressing concern about the Senate’s changes to Section 4 of the Student Opportunity Act, which weaken the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE’s) ability to ensure that the substantial new investments pledged by the Act are used to improve outcomes for historically underserved students. Read the letter to members of the House of Representatives.
September 24, 2018. In an effort to shed light on the deep inequities in the Commonwealth’s education system, a diverse group of advocates, including MABE, has formed the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership. As part of its launch, the group has released a report titled Number One for Some, Opportunity and Achievement in Massachusetts. The report gathers and highlights critical disparities facing Black, Latino, and low-income students who continue to have a dramatically different experience in Massachusetts’ schools than their White and higher-income peers.