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SOM Board of Ed to Consider PARCC Opt-Out Policy at Monday’s Meeting

The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education will discuss a policy to address parents opting their children out of the upcoming PARCC exams at their monthly meeting on Monday.

The BOE also will vote on a resolution to hire an educational equity consultant to help the district address the underrepresentation of African-American students in high level classes identified in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

The vote will take place at the Board of Education’s Monday, February 2 meeting — a rescheduled date for the planned Jan. 26 meeting that was postponed due to the forecasted blizzard.

The Board of Education will vote on whether to hire Sage Educational Consultants, LLC. The cost will be $78,500, which will be paid over a three-year period through December 2017.

Regarding the PARCC policy, just a week ago the district told The Village Green there were “no current plans to create new board policy around testing administration.” However, BOE President Wayne Eastman said the situation was “rapidly evolving” and that a discussion might be on the table at the Board’s next meeting.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of the Middle States Accreditation process, and of the 2015/16 Budget.

Here is the full agenda.

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