The Massachusetts Teachers Association is pushing lawmakers to increase state funding for public education by more than $1.5 billion a year by May 1, a campaign the union’s board unanimously threw its support behind on Saturday.

“For far too long, the state has underfunded public education,” union vice president Max Page said in a video on the MTA’s Facebook page. “The Fund our Future campaign is our chance to make sure that every student in the commonwealth gets the public education that they deserve.”

The campaign’s goal is to pass by May 1 legislation that would increase state funding for public higher education by $500 million and public pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools by $1 billion, Page and MTA President Merrie Najimy wrote in an email to members Monday.

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