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Our schools are severely underfunded. Stand to give kids the education they deserve.

Every year, the amount of state funding for schools covers less of what it costs to ensure all children receive a quality education. This must change.

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Not only is Jose on a waiting list to take the bus to school, but I also have to worry about unmanageable class sizes, outdated books, and facilities in disrepair.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.

Fair funding for MA schools begins with us. Join us.

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of inadequate funding, districts where students need more support have larger class sizes, fewer reading coaches, and outdated textbooks and technology, and they fall farther and farther short of their ability to prepare students for college and the workforce.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.


Ursula’s Story

My daughter Kyrah is attending the same schools that I went to, and nothing has changed except the building is now older. It frustrates me that our district is still struggling with funding, and our children are the ones who will suffer.

When I was in middle school, we didn’t have enough teachers for electives, so grades were combined, often overcrowding the classroom. We also didn’t have enough books, so my teacher would pass out photocopies of the readings. My daughter’s school is just as strapped for tools and materials as we were. Our children do not have access to any technology or Wi-Fi, and the building is not big enough to hold the growing number of students. Something must be done. I attend school budget meetings, and all I hear is these resources need to be cut, and this staff member needs to be let go. Enough is enough.



Elsa’s Story

Class sizes keep getting larger and larger, and activities continue to be slashed at my son’s school. His building is very old and not well ventilated, because of this he is either let out of school early or school is canceled when the weather is bad. This robs him of valuable instructional time.

My son struggles with reading and writing but because of the lack of funding, he had to stop getting one-on-one help from a reading specialist. My son deserves more—his future and basic skills development are at stake. To save his future, I’m going to advocate to ensure all children receive the quality education they deserve.


Audrey’s Story

I’m afraid of the environment my children walk into every day – leaks from ceilings, not enough books, and overcrowded classrooms. I’m standing up for their education to make sure they get the quality education that others, only 15 minutes away are getting. It’s not right that zip codes determine the quality of the education our kids receive.

I’m fed up. Something must change. The more parents who join this movement, the stronger we will be. We must convince legislators that they need to fully fund our schools.

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