Hundreds of people gathered at the State House on Friday to testify for legislation that would increase education funding.
Governor Charlie Baker, concerned parents, and New England Patriots players are all advocating for the same thing, more school funding.
The Joint Committee on Education heard hours of testimony from people across the Commonwealth who want to better fund education in areas of the state that need it most.
Senator Sonya Chang Diaz and Representative Aaron Vega are working together to update the state’s school funding formula.
They are hoping to expand upon the governor’s $1 billion education funding proposal so that students in urban and rural areas have the same opportunity to succeed.
Both bills earned the support of Patriots stars Devin and Jason McCourty, Duron Harmon and Matthew Slater who talked about the value that a proper education adds to communities in the Commonwealth.
Also, in attendance at Friday’s hearing were concerned parents from western Massachusetts who wanted to make sure that their voices were heard. They told the committee that their kids are in schools with no libraries, over-filled classrooms and sometimes they’re even left without heat.
Many people shared similar stories about the tragedies that can happen when schools go underfunded, and they pleaded with committee members to address their concerns this session.