New Bedford—As the district prepares to submit updated admissions policies for 2023, should we examine Greater New Bedford Area Vocational and Technical High School admissions data from the current school year and make any adjustments? A subcommittee was formed to decide whether – by 2024 — by the October 1 deadline set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education — with a signed certificate of the drafting process.
The establishment of the subcommittee was based on a proposal by superintendent Michael Watson, who told school board members at last September’s meeting that an analysis of student data from this year’s admissions process would make appropriate changes. He said it would be the key to doing it.
“We are in the final stages of collecting the last SASID (state-assigned student identifier) number,” Watson told the committee. It is important to look at the demographic student data produced as a result of the revised policy, both from the revised selection criteria of these 500 students and from the 65 students who were enrolled by lottery. .”
The student lottery component is a new addition to GNB Voc-Tech’s current admissions policy, which was announced in December after state education officials set new admissions guidelines for Voc-Tech schools in Massachusetts. approved by the board. The new rules follow mounting public criticism over the past few years, claiming that many speech technology schools’ admissions practices were discriminatory.
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“This is now something that must be done annually as required by DESE regulations, and I have to sign it and certify that the process has been completed,” Watson said. .
A member of the subcommittee is Michael Shay, a school committee member who represents Dartmouth. Wayne Oliveira (Fairhaven); Kimberly Bettencourt (New Bedford) and Rita Ribeiro (New Bedford).
As of Tuesday, Watson said standard time He was trying to set up a group meeting for next week.
Vacancies remain on school committees as nominations await votes
In other news related to the GNB Voc-Tech Schools Commission, Carol Pimentel’s nomination to the Commission by new Bedford Mayor John Mitchell is still pending, with appointments and briefings for Tuesday night’s meeting. Not included in city council committee on agenda. Mitchell presents Pimentel — GNB Voc-Tech Alum — He was appointed on August 2 to replace Patrick Walsh, who resigned in April. If she wins, Pimentel’s term will expire in May 2026, a spokesman for the mayor’s office said around the time of her nomination.
According to City Clerk Dennis Farias, there is no time limit within which a council committee must take action on an item after it has been sent to the committee by the entire council.
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