Just before midnight on Tuesday, July 31, as the legislative session was ending, lawmakers said they were unable to reach an agreement on a new education funding formula: Negotiations Collapse On Education Funding Bill As Legislative Session Ends (WBUR).
BTU President Jessica Tang responds:
It is unconscionable that the legislature has failed to provide adequate funding to Boston’s public schools. It has been 25 years since the funding formula for school funding has been updated—a whole generation. We cannot afford another generation to miss out on opportunities they need and deserve.
Legislators should continue to meet and use the following months as an opportunity to get it right. The legislature must pass a new school funding formula in the next session that meets the needs of all students–including low income students and English language learners.
This inaction is especially shocking given we have a budget surplus this year. In the meantime, the legislature should take up a supplemental budget that includes a measure to fully fund charter school reimbursements. This is the first step to level the playing field for Boston Public School and would provide immediate relief to struggling Boston schools and support our highest-need students.
We need both near-term and long-term solutions to address the urgent school funding gap that puts all Boston children at a significant disadvantage. We will not stop fighting for our students and demanding that school funding matches student needs.”
- WBUR on August 2: Why we may never know what killed the education funding bill
- Boston Herald on August 2: Education advocates blast Legislature for inactivity on funding formula
- WBUR interviews on August 1: State Legislature Fails To Pass Education Funding Reform Bill