Lawrence Public Schools, Massachusetts
|Lawrence Public Schools|
|Superintendent:||Jeffrey C. Riley|
|Number of schools:||34|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||William Lantigua|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Lawrence
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtEssex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Essex County are Lawrence and Salem. According to the 2010 US Census, Essex County is home to 755,618 residents.
Essex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate but under performed with regard to median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Essex County was $65,785 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Essex County was 10.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 36.4% of Essex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools is Jeffrey C. Riley, who was appointed by Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester on January 11, 2012. Riley earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona College, an M.S. in Counseling and School Guidance from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In his career, Riley has served as a Teach for America corps member, teacher, administrator and principal. Prior to joining Lawrence Public Schools, Riley served as the Academic Superintendent for the Middle and K-8 Network and eventually the Chief Innovation Officer for Boston Public Schools.
Lawrence Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Lawrence's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairperson of the board.
|Lawrence School Committee|
|Myra Ortiz||District A||2015|
|Milquicided Santos||District B||2015|
|Pavel M. Payano||District C||2015|
|Jeovanny Rodriguez||District D||2015|
|Patricia Mariano||District E||2015|
|James R. Blatchford||District F||2015|
School board elections
- See also: Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Lawrence School Committee are elected to two-year terms. The primary election was held on September 17, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and these six seats are up for election again in 2015.
Lawrence Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Lawrence Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.
Educators and other school employees of the Lawrence Public School District are represented by the Lawrence Teachers' Union, which is part of the American Federation of Teachers.
Schools in Lawrence
Lawrence Public Schools operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Lawrence Public Schools|
|Adult Learning Center|
|Arlington Middle School|
|Business Management & Finance High School|
|Community Day Arlington|
|Frost Elementary School|
|Frost Middle School|
|Guilmette Elementary School|
|Guilmette Middle School|
|Health & Human Services High School|
|High School Learning Center|
|Humanities & Leadership Development High School|
|International High School|
|Lawrence High School Campus|
|Math, Science & Technology High School|
|Oliver Middle 7/8|
|Oliver Partnership School|
|Parthum Elementary School|
|Parthum Middle School|
|Performing & Fine Arts High School|
|School for Exceptional Studies|
|South Lawrence East Elementary School|
|South Lawrence East Middle School|
|Up Academy Leonard School|
|Up Academy Oliver 6th Grade School|
|Grade and Subject||Proficient or Higher||'||Advanced||'||Proficient||'||Needs Improvement||'||Warning/ Failing||'||Students Included||CPI||SGP||Included in SGP|
|Grade 03 - Reading||36||61||6||15||30||46||45||30||20||9||980||70.5||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 03 - Mathematics||39||61||13||27||26||34||34||25||27||14||979||68.4||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 04 - English language arts||34||57||4||13||30||44||39||30||27||14||976||66.4||46.0||812|
|Grade 04 - Mathematics||31||51||7||16||24||35||45||36||24||12||981||66.9||48.0||818|
|Grade 05 - English language arts||33||61||5||17||28||44||41||28||27||11||950||66.0||35.0||793|
|Grade 05 - Mathematics||27||57||6||25||21||32||35||26||38||17||956||59.3||30.0||790|
|Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng||19||52||4||22||15||30||49||34||32||14||956||58.3||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 06 - English language arts||33||66||4||18||29||48||38||22||29||11||956||65.4||38.0||787|
|Grade 06 - Mathematics||28||60||8||27||20||33||32||24||39||16||952||59.0||40.0||788|
|Grade 07 - English language arts||45||71||3||15||42||56||35||21||21||7||982||73.8||52.0||813|
|Grade 07 - Mathematics||20||51||7||20||13||31||35||30||45||18||990||52.4||47.0||819|
|Grade 08 - English language arts||54||81||3||18||51||63||31||14||15||6||986||79.8||48.0||811|
|Grade 08 - Mathematics||19||52||5||22||14||30||30||28||51||19||987||51.3||42.0||816|
|Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng||11||43||0||5||11||38||35||38||53||20||983||47.1||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 10 - English language arts||55||88||6||37||49||51||32||9||13||3||814||79.2||41.0||443|
|Grade 10 - Mathematics||34||78||11||50||23||28||29||15||36||7||823||60.9||34.0||445|
|Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng||22||69||2||24||20||45||58||25||20||6||645||61.6||N/A||N/A|
|All Grades - English language arts||41||69||4||19||37||50||37||22||22||9||6,644||71.4||43.0||4,459|
|All Grades - Mathematics||28||59||8||27||20||32||35||26||37||15||6,668||59.7||40.0||4,476|
|All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng||17||54||2||17||15||37||46||32||37||13||2,584||54.9||N/A||N/A|
On November 29, 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-1 to label Lawrence Public Schools a "chronically under performing" district, which allowed Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester to take over the district and to install a new Superintendent/Receiver. This decision came in response to the fact that, "District-wide performance in ELA and math is among the bottom one percent of all the state's school districts; Lawrence has the third lowest math Composite Performance Index (CPI) and fourth lowest ELA CPI in the Commonwealth. Less than one-half of Lawrence's students graduate from high school within 4 years, which is the lowest graduation rate of any (non-charter) district in the state."
Lawrence Mayor and School Committee Chair William Lantigua personally requested the state's intervention, as did the Lawrence Teachers' Union. At the time, Lantigua was fighting recall efforts, and the previous superintendent was ousted and formally charged with fraud and embezzlement.
Board member James R. Blatchford opposed the takeover, insisting that, "We are not the bottom of the barrel." Chester appointed current Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley to his position on January 11, 2012. As a result of the takeover, the Lawrence School Committee lost its formal powers and became a purely advisory board for Riley, which has reduced electoral interest in the board. While in power, Riley has consolidated and reduced the size of the district administration, replaced principals and hired 160 new teachers.
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
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- Budget information is available on the website.
- Meeting schedules, agendas, are available online.
- Elected Officials names and contact information are accessible online.
- The name and contact information for the superintendent are available online.
- The school district lists academic performance records on their website.
- No local tax information was available
- Contracts and bids over $10,000 were unavailable
- Financial reports or audits were not available.
- Contact records for the public information officer was not available.
- Criminal background check information is not published on the website.
- Explanations of the state tests are available on the website, but not scores for accountability.
- School board elections portal
- Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)
- Massachusetts school districts
- List of school districts in Massachusetts
- Essex County, Massachusetts ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
- Lawrence Public Schools
- Lawrence Teachers Union, LTU 1019
- Lawrence, Massachusetts
- Essex County, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed August 7, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Lawrence - Enrollment Data," accessed August 7, 2013
- Lawrence Public Schools, "Performance Data," accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Essex County, Massachusetts," accessed August 7, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "Education Commissioner Chester Appoints Jeffrey C. Riley as Receiver for the Lawrence Public Schools," January 11, 2013
- Lawrence Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 7, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
- Lawrence Teachers' Union, LTU 1019 "Home," accessed August 7, 2013
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- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Declares Lawrence Public Schools as "Chronically Underperforming,"" November 29, 2011
- Monica Brady-Myerov, 90.9 wbur, "Lawrence Public Schools Face Possible State Takeover," November 29, 2011
- Jess Bidgood, The New York Times, "Massachusetts: State Takes Over Lawrence Schools," November 30, 2011
- The Eagle-Tribune, "Editorial: Time to reinvent the Lawrence School Committee," May 12, 2013
- Mark E. Vogler, The Eagle-Tribune, "Riley cuts 25 office jobs," May 26, 2013
- Lawrence Public Schools, "Budget," accessed August 8, 2013
- Lawrence Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 8, 2013
- Lawrence Public Schools, "Assessment," accessed August 8, 2013