The Northbridge School Committee unanimously approved the following resolution to be presented to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees for consideration at their November delegate assembly:
Whereas it is the duty of the school committee to set policies for the education of the children in our community; and
Whereas the number of documents that require action by local school districts in response to externally imposed mandates and regulations has increased drastically without a clear positive impact on student learning, and whereas many of the required actions constitute an unfunded mandate, and
Whereas educators in our community and state, including MASS, have expressed concern about the difficulty carrying out their responsibilities due to this rising tide of state mandates, requiring educators to respond first to bureaucratic requirements rather than classroom instruction; therefore
We call on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to refrain from adding new test mandates and other initiatives, and to revisit the mandates already imposed on districts with a view to reducing interference with classroom instruction, thus allowing educators to do their work.