Advocates ask for Governor Baker to help pass Fair Funding Education bill

Massachusetts

A group of parents delivered more than one thousand letters to Governor Baker’s office Monday calling for more school funding in low-income communities.

Members of ‘Stand for Children Massachusetts’ are asking Governor Baker to invest in school funding to make sure underserved school districts have the same resources and opportunities as wealthier districts.

“Some schools have no lunch rooms, they need air conditioning, after-school programs, and our children are suffering. Without these tools, they cannot succeed in school,” said Audrey Cunningham, who’s children are in the Springfield school district.

Last year, lawmakers proposed a Fair Funding Bill to recalculate the expected cost of public education across the state.

The bill was aimed to show the cost of public education based on the size and makeup of a district’s workforce and enrollment. The bill failed to pass before the end of the last legislative session, so lawmakers will have the chance to revisit it once they return in January.

Monday’s demonstration was to ask for Governor Baker’s help pushing the bill through the legislature next year.

Most of the communities affected by a lack of education funding live in gateway cities like Lawrence, Worcester, and Springfield.

It’s been said that Massachusetts has some of the best schools in the country, but advocates say, that is only true in the wealthier communities.

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