Fund Our Future

“Education is the most precious resource in a democracy. Together we can take back our schools and colleges.”

Massachusetts Teachers Assocation President Merrie Najimy
Our Students Can't Wait

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The state is underfunding our schools by more than $1 billion a year.

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Public Education Is Underfunded

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See how much funding is owed to our public schools and colleges.

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Colleges Need State Dollars

Higher Ed

State aid for public colleges & universities is down by more than $500 million each year.

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The Fund Our Future Campaign

Invest in the Schools and Colleges Our Communities Deserve

Massachusetts loves its public schools and colleges, but too many students are being left behind by inadequate state support. The MTA and its coalition partners are launching an ambitious campaign to win the funding that our students, educators and communities deserve by May 1, 2019.

The Problem: Inadequate State Funding

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PreK-12 Schools. The nonpartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission found in 2015 that the state is underfunding our schools by more than $1 billion a year. Too many schools lack adequate staff, enrichment programs, books, technology and supplies. Too many students don’t receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to thrive.

Public Higher Education. In 2014, the Higher Education Finance Commission found that our public colleges and universities are underfunded by more than $500 million a year. Student debt has skyrocketed. Class sizes have ballooned. Too many full-time faculty have been replaced by poorly paid adjuncts. Services are being outsourced.

The Solution: The Fund Our Future Campaign

  • Raise Expectations

    The campaign begins with members talking with one another and residents of their communities about the public schools and colleges they want. Activities for the fall could include holding forums, building meetings and house parties at which educators, students, parents and other community residents share their vision and ideas.

  • Raise Some Hell

    Policymakers must feel the heat. Members are strongly encouraged to develop their own actions. Statewide efforts will include asking members across Massachusetts to urge their local School Committees and public higher education Boards of Trustees to approve resolutions calling for more funding, distributing leaflets at public events and using social media to advocate for funding initiatives. Actions focused on the Legislature are being planned for Inauguration Day, January 2, as well as for May 1.

  • Raise Revenues

    Guaranteeing the resources our students and communities deserve will ultimately require new revenues. We will be urging members to join local and statewide actions to win passage of progressive revenue measures, either in the State House or – if necessary – on the ballot.

Underfunding of Our Schools and Colleges

To see the dollar amounts, select a district or campus — red = preK-12 district and blue = public college or university — and then click on the icon that appears on the map.

PreK-12 Funding

Based on a simulation by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the map indicates the additional Chapter 70 aid each district would receive in fiscal year 2023 if the four core recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission are phased in over a five-year period. The amounts shown are in addition to the FY23 baseline Chapter 70 aid for each district. "Baseline" is the Chapter 70 aid each district would receive if the recommendations were not implemented. For about 60 percent of districts, the FY23 figure includes additional Chapter 70 "minimum aid," which was not part of the FBRC recommendations.

Higher Ed Statewide Funding

Since its FY01 high point, inflation-adjusted state higher education appropriations have declined by 32 percent in per-pupil terms. Attaining the FY01 level again would require an additional $574 million.

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Fund Our Future

One-pager about the campaign to win the funding that our students, educators & communities deserve.