To highlight our commitment to transparency in government, the Executive Office of Education (EOE) has launched several new web based tools for outreach, education and information. These tools are not intended to replace the channels currently in place for press and constituent communication. Press inquiries should be directed to the Executive Office of Education at 617-979-8340, and questions or complaints regarding agency services should be directed to Executive Office of Education  at 617-979-8340. Rather, these tools are meant to augment our ability to educate, empower, and inform the residents of Massachusetts.

Please note, that Records Retention Law of the Commonwealth requires the Executive Office of Education to preserve records created or received by a state employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party web-site (such as an official agency profile on a social network) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publicly available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration.

The policies below pertain only to the Executive Office of Education website content; other organizations within Mass.Gov may have different policies. Please be sure to review the privacy policies and terms of use for any social media accounts you access through a link from Mass.Gov as they may differ based on the organization hosting the content.

Your Third Party Social Media Accounts

Some pages on the Executive Office of Education website allow you to interact with your own third party social media accounts on an affirmative basis.  For example, from a post on a Blog, you may click a button to “like” a post on your Facebook™ account or to pin a post to your Pinterest™ account.  Clicking such a third party social media button on the EOE website may prompt you to log into the relevant third party social media provider if you are not already logged in and should work in the same manner as if you logged in to the third party social media provider directly (e.g., it may set one or more persistent cookies as a result of logging in).  If you are already logged in, or once you are logged in, to the third party social media provider, the button will facilitate your interaction with that third party social media provider.  Moreover, when you add content from the EOE website to your third party social media account, it is possible that your public account information can be associated with the EOE website content that you are posting.  For example, if you retweet a Mass.Gov tweet (more information on the Mass.Gov Twitter™ account is at the bottom of this policy), someone could use Twitter to search for a keyword in the original tweet and, potentially, see your public account information.

In addition to your interaction with third party social media providers on an affirmative basis, we may use widgets that interact on a limited basis (e.g., by accessing a preexisting persistent cookie) with your third party social media provider solely by virtual of your viewing a web page on the EOE website.  We will try to note in our privacy policy for the EOE website when we are using such a third party social media widget.  For example, if we use a Facebook widget to display “Likes,” the widget may check with Facebook when you access the page to see if you have already “Liked” the page.  If you have, the “Like” button may present you with the option of un-“liking” the post.  Similarly, if we use a Twitter widget to display a Twitter feed with a “Follow” option, the widget may check with Twitter to determine if you are already “following” that feed and present you with the option to un-“follow” the feed.  In these instances, it is technically possible for the third party social media provider to track your movements across the EOE website.

These third party social media accounts will be governed by their own separate website policies to which you likely agreed when you signed up.  These website policies usually include a privacy policy and terms of service.  These policies apply to your use of the third party social media account.

RSS Feeds

While you can always check the EDU portal for regular updates, it's often easier to have information come to you. RSS lets you do just that. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, updates come to you as we post them.

Mass.Gov and many agencies offer RSS feeds for News and Updates and Press Releases.

If you're unfamiliar with RSS Feeds and how to use them, please check out What is RSS?

Twitter

Twitter is a free social networking site that allows users to send and read other users' updates of up to 140 characters in length. While people use Twitter in many different ways for both personal and professional reasons, we are using Twitter at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education as another way to keep citizens informed about what we're doing and as another way to get feedback.

You can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEducation.

Please note:

  • We follow people back who follow us. You may send us a direct message indicating you do not wish to be followed and we'll be happy to comply.
  • The account is maintained and monitored by members of the Executive Office of Education (EOE) along with the Secretary of Education.
  • We try to respond to questions on Twitter as much as possible. However, if you have a question, concern or comment, you may still wish to contact our office or another education agency such as: the Department of Early Education and Care; the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ; or the Department of Higher Education (especially if what you have to say requires more than 140 characters!).
  • While the Secretary does tweet directly and he and his staff watch and update Twitter as much as possible, please recognize that we also monitor and maintain many other channels of feedback, outreach, and engagement, both in-person and online.
  • This is the Official Twitter Account for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and, as such, cannot and will not be used to reply to political campaign-related questions or engage in dialogue or issues with a candidate. While it's not always easy to tell who exactly is on the other end of a tweet, we will do our best to adhere to this policy.
  • Unless you protect your updates, messages you post on Twitter are public. Because not everyone knows that we are on Twitter, we occasionally search for 'tweets' that talk about EOE services but don't reference our account, "@MassEducation". We perform this search and outreach so that we can let as many people as possible know that we're listening and engaging.

Also please note:

  • This micro-blog is hosted by Twitter and is governed by Twitter's separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of Twitter. For questions, please contact us.
  • The Massachusetts Records Retention Law requires the Executive Office of Education to preserve records created or received by a state employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement, comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party web-site (such as an official agency profile on a micro-blog such as Twitter) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publicly available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration.