OPEN HOUSE, Rep. Kaufman’s monthly public policy series, was launched in 1995 to provide a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community and Commonwealth. While Rep. Kaufman invites guests with expertise and experience in the policy area under consideration, the public is an integral part of the program, and audience participation typically directs the conversation. OPEN HOUSE has been named the best television series by the Massachusetts Cable Television Commission, and was awarded the cable industry’s Beacon Award as the nation’s best government relations series. OPEN HOUSE is produced in partnership with the Lexington Historical Society and LexMedia, which films the forums for broadcast in eastern Massachusetts.

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April’s “OPEN HOUSE”

Kaufman’s “OPEN HOUSE” Opens The Classroom on Education

“Education in Massachusetts: A Conversation with Education Secretary Jim Peyser”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” delves into the educational realm in Massachusetts with; “Education in Massachusetts: A Conversation with Education Secretary Jim Peyser”. The eighth forum of the 21st season of “OPEN HOUSE” will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

As Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser is Governor Baker’s top advisor on education and helps shape the Commonwealth’s education reform agenda. He directs the Executive Office of Education which is responsible for early education, K-12, and higher education in Massachusetts. Secretary Peyser sits on each of the boards governing the Commonwealth’s education agencies – Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Department of Higher Education as well as the University of Massachusetts system.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Managing Director at NewSchools Venture Fund, a non-profit grant-making firm that seeks to transform public education by supporting innovative education entrepreneurs. From 1999 through 2006, Jim served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Education. Prior to joining NewSchools, Secretary Peyser was Education Advisor to Governors Bill Weld, Jane Swift and Mitt Romney, where he helped shape state policy regarding standards and assessments, school accountability, and charter schools.

Are we properly funding public education? How do we recruit and retain exceptional teachers? How do we boost underperforming schools? Should we increase the cap on charter schools? How do we make early childhood education available to all? MCAS, Common Core, or how else do we access student achievement? Don’t miss this forum April 21st, from 7PM-8PM.As always; the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman. 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.