Lawmakers, advocates, and educators have been working for years to reform the state’s school funding formula. And now they’ve moved closer to accomplishing that goal.
Governor Charlie Baker and Senate President Karen Spilka both made education funding a focus of their inaugural addresses last week.
“When it comes to the difference in performance between urban and suburban school districts, we can and we must do better. The Foundation Formula needs to be updated, and we’ll propose updates when we file our budget later this month,” Gov. Baker said.
Education advocates said the governor hasn’t done enough to help low-income school districts. But, they’re hoping lawmakers will pass legislation this year to dedicate another one billion dollars for K-12 education funding.
Members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Fund our Future Coalition plan to join lawmakers at an event Wednesday to urge Gov. Baker to boost education funding in his budget proposal.