Driving Fair Funding in Education in Massachusetts
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.
Students are suffering under the current system.
Massachusetts hasn’t updated its education funding formula in 26 years. Under this outdated system, kids who need the most resources and support are being neglected and overlooked. Every day lawmakers fail to fix the formula, the achievement gap between students in wealthy and low-income school districts widens, and the promising futures of so many children are put in jeopardy.
The state has been underfunding property-poor districts and leaving behind English language learners, special education students, and children from low-income families. No child should be punished just because they live in the wrong zip code. It’s time for lawmakers to correct this gross inequity and ensure ALL Massachusetts students have access to high quality education.
Our children can’t afford another year of inaction!
Lawmakers must fully fund the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s 2015 recommendations with a specific emphasis on ensuring that students from low-income backgrounds and students who are learning English receive the resources and support they need to succeed.
Funds must be used to support resources that would improve early literacy rates and high school success rates of all students. Funds must also be directed to hire more literacy coaches, provide screening tools for learning disabilities, professional development for teachers, and to acquire more advanced educational technology. The lack of these resources in high needs schools has contributed to the problem and the lack of equity. Because family engagement is crucial in the development of a child’s learning, funding also needs to be directed to support parent engagement personnel, parent-teacher organizations, after school programs, and info sessions to explain new initiatives and learning.
See a District-by-district break down of school funding for Massachusetts