Educational Institutions

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.mbae.org

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is committed to a high quality public education system that will prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society. We bring together business and education leaders to promote education policies and practices based on measurable standards of achievement, accountability for performance, and equitable educational opportunities for all students.

Main Programs

  1. Future Ready Massachusetts
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2005

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Ms. Linda M. Noonan

Keywords

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Education, Public Schools, K-12 Education

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EIN

04-3274599

 Number

3321359601

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments:MBAE's provocative 2014 report, The New Opportunity to Lead, set out a new education vision that will help all students achieve at high levels and prepare for success in a 21st century economy and society. After widespread attention, the report now serves as the basis for discussion and common understanding of challenges Massachusetts faces. State education, business and political leaders have referenced the report's importance in stimulating bigger, long-term thinking about the education system's response to growing international competition.Our survey of MA employers, which gained state and national media attention, provided critical evidence that the highest priority for education is to equip students with skills and tools to be lifelong learners who can adapt to new challenges throughout their careers and their lives. 84% of business leaders said schools need moderate to drastic change to meet this need.Our vocal, active support for the state's education standards and for a new assessment system to measure college and career readiness has been instrumental in persuading state leaders to resist pressure to roll back, defund or otherwise disrupt implementation.The launch of FutureReadyMA.org increases access to and utilization of tools and resources that prepare students for success after high school.Increased staff capacity by 1.5 FTE and doubled revenues. Goals: Asserting the state is uniquely positioned to have the best education system in the world, The New Opportunity to Lead report lays out a comprehensive plan to reach that goal. In the year ahead, we will: Produce specific proposals for legislative and executive action and build a coalition of supporters to influence policy makers; Build support for high quality assessments that measure and promote 21st century skills (a key recommendation in the report); and,Continue building Future Ready, ensuring all students are preparing for a successful future in a competitive world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Future Ready Massachusetts

Massachusetts can boast of some of the highest test scores in the nation -- but too many of our students drop out or graduate from high school without the knowledge and skills required for success. Nearly every good job requires some postsecondary education or training; in fact by 2020, 72% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require a postsecondary credential. Future Ready Massachusetts is a statewide public service campaign that will build awareness of what it takes to be prepared for college and careers and provide access to tools and resources available to students and their families to help develop a "roadmap" for their journey to success.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$250,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    MBAE represents employers concerned about the educational attainment and skills of graduates entering the workforce. We are the only statewide advocacy organization dedicated to improving education through this employer lens. Our core work - improving public schools by influencing state policy - is driven by the business community's commitment to ensuring all students receive a high quality education that prepares them for success in college, career, and citizenship. The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education is committed to excellence, opportunity and innovation in our public education system to prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society. Our goal is to see that all students in Massachusetts public schools receive a high quality education that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need for successful life, citizenship and employment in a global economy.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through publication of research and reports that provide actionable solutions and through participation in meetings, forums, committees and commissions charged with advising state policymakers, MBAE will advance policies and thought leadership that strengthen our state's public schools and improve opportunities and outcomes for all of its students.We produce specific proposals for legislative and executive action; we build coalitions of supporters to influence policy makers; we rally support for high quality assessments that measure and promote 21st century skills; and, we continue to strengthen and promote the Future Ready Massachusetts campaign in order to ensure that all students are preparing for a successful future in a competitive world.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    As a result of its unique focus on systemic, sustainable change that benefits all Commonwealth students, MBAE has acquired more than 25 years of deep experience in leading and influencing state education policy. MBAE also enjoys a stellar national reputation for conducting its activities and for producing impressive results. Executive Director Linda Noonan has worked for the past ten years to maintain MBAE's legacy as a leading advocate for college and career ready standards and assessments, and has become a recognized authority on this subject. She has over 30 years of public policy experience at the federal, state and municipal levels, and strong links to employers through nine years of work at two statewide trade associations. Tricia Lederer, MBAE's Director of Communications, leads MBAE's communications and public relations strategy. Tricia has 20 years of public relations experience working with regional and national companies, industry organizations and nonprofit agencies. Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of Future Ready Massachusetts, has almost 10 years of experience in government, education, and policy.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will see improvements in education and the learning experience that practically and sustainably equip Massachusetts elementary and secondary students for colleges, career, and successful citizenship beyond their educations. These include modern, high quality assessments that measure student progress and provide system accountability; education reforms that narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps among our student populations; and equitable and effective school funding measures and initiatives that support education.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    MBAE was established in 1988 by concerned business leaders convinced that the Commonwealth's public schools needed substantial reform to produce graduates capable of leading a 21st century democracy and economy. By 1991, MBAE had crafted a comprehensive school reform proposal, Every Child a Winner, that became the framework for the Education Reform Act of 1993, a national model for standards-based reform that has produced significant results. Over the next two decades, MBAE monitored implementation of the Act, advocated for improvements, focused on interventions to turn around chronically under-performing schools, and represented the business community on the state's accountability, teacher evaluation and college- and career-readiness task forces. MBAE supported development of the state's Race to the Top proposal, provided independent analysis of the Common Core State Standards, and played a key role in passage of the Act Relative to the Achievement Gap.In 2014, MBAE released its groundbreaking report, The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years. In February, 2015, MBAE released results of the first study to compare MCAS and PARCC assessments as indicators of student readiness for credit-bearing college courses and the work force: Educating Students for Success: A Comparison of the MCAS and PARCC Assessments as Indicators of College- and Career-Readiness.MBAE continues to strive after its mission of providing all students in Massachusetts public schools with a high quality education that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need for successful life, citizenship and employment in a 21st century, global economy.
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

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Funding Needs

Financial support for operating costs to allow MBAE to provide the critical voice of business through actionable research and reports, at meetings and forums we convene or help lead, and on committees and commissions that influence state policy. These activities provide companies with multiple opportunities for funding and engagement that gain them significant recognition for their support. Company logos appear on our website and are featured in reports read by policymakers and thought leaders and cited in news stories; executives participate in forums and on committees; company leaders testify at hearings representing the voice of business.

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MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Linda M. Noonan

BIO

Linda M. Noonan joined MBAE as Managing Director in July 2005 after serving as Executive Director of The Alliance for the Commonwealth, a nonpartisan research and educational foundation established by Associated Industries of Massachusetts to help companies maintain and increase their global competitiveness, in order to create and maintain jobs locally. She has held positions with trade associations and state and federal government, including as Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth of MA. Her civic and volunteer activities include serving on the Westwood School Committee, and on the town?s Permanent Building Committee, during which time three schools were renovated and expanded, and a new high school was approved and designed. She was also a member of the Westwood Finance Committee and the Economic Development Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Board of Teachers21, and the Steering Committee of Global Education Massachusetts. A member of The Commonwealth Institute and other professional and civic assocations, Ms. Noonan holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Chicago.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Massachusetts's leadership positions in education and the innovation economy are threatened by large and persistent educational achievement gaps and widening workforce skills gaps. Gains in student achievement have slowed and even stalled. As other states and nations adopt innovative new approaches and experience faster rates of improvement, Massachusetts risks falling behind. The unforgiving, unrelenting demands of competing in a global economy are raising the education bar significantly and require that we take immediate action to prepare students to compete with peers in Berlin and Shanghai as well as Silicon Valley and New York. MBAE's New Opportunity to Lead report, prepared by global education experts with input from Massachusetts education practitioners and experts, provides direction and documentation for what can be done and shows that Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to succeed because of its history of public education leadership, strong institutions of higher education and vibrant technology sector. MBAE is poised to bring these resources together to seize the new opportunity to lead, translating the proposal into action that can lead to reinvention of the school and classroom, support for effective teachers and school leaders, personalized learning to close opportunity gaps, and funding focused on the students in schools with the autonomy to use it most productively. The business community has an acute interest - as employers and citizens - in ensuring that our state's education system is adequately preparing our students to meet the demands they will face in their future. MBAE has the record, respect and relationships that can leverage the collaboration and support needed to act on this imperative."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William Walczak

Shawmut Construction

Term: Apr 2014 - Apr 2015

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