Governor Charlie Baker is expected to release his fiscal 2020 budget proposal in later this month, and lawmakers are urging him to make education funding a top priority.
State and local lawmakers from both parties called on the state’s Republican governor one by one, asking him to change the state’s school funding formula.
“Our communities have been underfunded and shortchanged when it comes to public school education. Shortchanged because we’ve put forth formulas here at the statehouse that we’re not keeping up with,” said State Representative Aaron Vega.
During his inaugural address, Gov. Baker said he intends to take another look at the state’s school funding formula, but many people feel the problem has gone on for far too long.
“In his proposal what he didn’t mention was the word poverty and the word inequality, so for me the way we change the funding formula is we work to make sure we are eradicating both of those concepts,” Representative Sabadosa told 22News.
Local mayors lobbied for adequate funding for schools in their communities.
‘I think our coalition will continue to push for more funding, and see the Governor’s number as a starting point, not just an ending point,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.
The governor is being asked to include an additional one billion dollars in his budget proposal for education funding.
That money would be used primarily in low-income school districts in gateway cities, like Lawrence, Worcester, and Springfield.
The governor is expected to release his budget proposal with recommendations for education funding by the end of the month.