EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATIVES

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that would allow some personnel from city and town school districts to work for educational collaborative where services are needed.

“Massachusetts collaboratives are educational services agencies that bring school districts together to form partnerships to create regional educational capacity and resources,” says the website of the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives. “Collaboratives benefit school districts, students, families, educators and taxpayers by maximizing efficiency through shared costs and expertise.”

“The current ethics law would not allow therapists, school counselors, nurses, etc. to work for a school district and a collaborative at the same time,” said sponsor Rep. Chris Markey (D-Dartmouth). “There is a huge need for such personnel even before COVID-19.”

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