This Twitter thread shares insights on one aspect of the Franklin school budget that other communities are affected by also:
"The Operational Services Division (OSD) falls under the Executive Office for Administration & Finance and has a variety of responsibilities, including setting tuition prices for approved special education programs in approximately 100 private schools.
|Out of district tuition rate increase of 14% one factor for increase in school budget for FY2024|
These schools accommodate students with needs that cannot be met by their current District. The OSD has proposed a 14% inflation rate increase for FY24. For the past 10 years, OSD has instituted an average annual increase of 1.8%.This unprecedented 14% increase is straining local budgets across Massachusetts. This 14% increase comes out to over $775k for Franklin alone. I don’t see how any district can absorb that kind of increase.I will be reaching out to our local legislators asking that they cosponsor 3 bills that seek to meet the demands that our school districts (and taxpayers) are facing in connection with this cost increase - and I ask that you all do the same:HD 3170 which lowers circuit breaker cost threshold; HD 3156 which increases the circuit breaker reimbursement rate; and HD 3102 which would create a Special Ed Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the fiscal sustainability of special education service delivery in MA."
Shared from Denise Spencer's Twitter thread found here -> https://twitter.com/DSpencerFSC/status/1632219141384830976
Download the PDF of the thread here ->
The Franklin Finance Committee took a "deep dive" in to the school budget at their Dec 2022 meeting. The audio, video and related documents for that meeting can be found ->
The Franklin School Committee budget subcommittee just met to prepare for the Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting scheduled for March 8. The audio recording of that session is available here ->
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