Advocates push for more rural school funding

Boston Statehouse

Ten Percent of Massachusetts students attend schools in rural areas, and those rural school districts are faced with a financial crisis. 

Located in Franklin County, The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is among those pleading for more school funding. 

Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the money would go toward transportation and personnel. 

Pittsfield State Senator Adam Hinds has described rural school districts as a top legislative priority for this session.

“We’ll continue to be strong on school aid, and rural school aid,” Senator Hinds said. “I’m also the co-chair on a commission on school transportation reimbursement and we’ll look at that, not from the perspective not just from regional schools but municipal schools as well.”

As part of the push for more funding, school officials in rural areas are hoping to change the formula for Chapter 70 education funding; something that hasn’t been done since 1993.

When Mohawk Trail Regional Students visit the Statehouse later this month, they said they plan to ask state lawmakers to provide adequate education funding.

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