Please urge your state rep to support efforts to review state education funding formula

The MTA is seeking support for an amendment to House budget legislation that calls for reviving the Foundation Budget Review Commission.

The commission would ensure that the Foundation Budget is reviewed and recalculated on a regular basis so that students can meet state educational standards. The amendment (243) was filed by Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead).

“The Foundation Budget plays a key role in determining the amount of state funding sent to public school districts and is clearly in need of review,” said MTA President Paul Toner. 

Toner urged all members to reach out to their representatives and ask them to strongly support the inclusion of the amendment in the House version of the state budget. Click here to send an e-mail to your state representative urging passage of this amendment.

The first Foundation Budget Review Commission was established in the Education Reform Act of 1993, but the formula hasn't been systematically updated in more than 20 years.

Ehrlich's amendment does not require an appropriation, and it keeps the Legislature in control of the process and outcome by requiring reports back to the Legislature. The House will debate the Ways and Means Committee's budget beginning April 28.

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