It’s budget season in Massachusetts. As educators, we know that fully funding our schools will help them stay safe and also provide our students with all the staff and resources they need to be successful. Take a quick action today to contact legislators as they vote on the budget: send an email now asking for safe and fully funded schools.
Currently, districts across the state are not fully reimbursed for the revenue they lose to Commonwealth charter schools, which has led to the underfunding of many public schools throughout the state. Despite promises from lawmakers to refund districts, less than two-thirds of the revenue lost to charter schools has been reimbursed, leading to gaps in funding. This is a major problem for Massachusetts families since fully funded public schools are a critical part of student achievement. To ensure our schools receive the funding that they desperately need it is of the utmost importance that our state fully fund charter reimbursements.
In the next few weeks, legislators at the State House will be voting on the budget. That’s why it’s so important that you take 30 seconds to send an email to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez to let them know we support fully funded and safe schools.
In addition to implementing charter reimbursements, we are asking our senators to implement the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission by passing Senate Bill 2325 which would significantly increase more equitable state funding for education. Read more about SB 2325 and the Foundation Budget Review Commission. We also support Senate Bill 220, which would ensure that Boston receives its fair share of increased funding.
For more on school funding, check out these Boston Globe articles:
Finally, tied into these legislative decision are two bills — House Bill 304 and Senate Bill 279, also known as the Peisch/Lesser “PASS Act” bills — which would create “Innovation Partnership Zones” that would take away local stakeholder authority in oversight of district public schools and undermine collective bargaining rights.