Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"the most significant expansion of the Foundation Budget since the formula was adopted in 1993"

On Wednesday, Jan 23 - Governor Baker introduced his budget for FY 2020

"The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a multi-year school finance reform initiative to increase funding for school districts to invest in a quality education and fully implement the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission. An Act to Promote Equity and Excellence in Education will be filed alongside the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) state budget, which includes a significant increase in state education aid to fund the first year of the reform plan. 
The reform bill filed today updates the Foundation Budget formula to provide more support for school districts to meet the rising cost of health care and special education costs, as well as educating English language learners and low-income students, and will provide a significant influx of funding for communities with the highest need. The proposal will also target additional support for the lowest-performing schools to offer programs that give every student greater opportunities to learn. 
The initiative also gives the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education the ability to support persistently underperforming schools, in part by utilizing a limited amount of Chapter 70 funds, if necessary, to implement needed reforms and investments with the district."
Continue reading the article online

The full budget proposal "House 1" can be found online

Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) state budget
Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) state budget
Follow the MA state budget cycle  https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Senate

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