My son feels the impact everyday
My son, Jose, attends a school in Massachusetts that is not being fairly funded. And, now, as he starts first grade, the situation is getting worse. Not only is Jose on a waiting list to take the bus to school, but I also have to worry about unmanageable class sizes, outdated books, and facilities in disrepair. In addition to all of this, I just learned that the district had to cut staff including our in-house parent facilitator – what next?
Especially in a district where hardworking parents often have more than one job or have to overcome language and income barriers, we can’t afford to lose dedicated individuals who engage us and find ways for us to connect to our children’s education.
Unfair funding costs all of us.
Because of inadequate funding, districts where students need more support have larger class sizes, fewer reading coaches, and outdated textbooks and technology, and they fall farther and farther short of their ability to prepare students for college and the workforce. That costs all of us. Failing to tap the boundless potential of the next generation weakens the strength and vitality of our state.
To ensure all children can receive a quality education, Massachusetts needs to fully fund special education programs and services, English-language learning, the needs of economically disadvantaged students and, health care for current and retired staff.