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Public Higher Ed Advocacy Day

March 2, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

Advocacy Day is an annual event to highlight the pressing issues facing public higher education in the state. All MTA members are encouraged to participate either in person at the State House or via outreach and visibility activities being organized.

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Budget proposal calls for increased education spending

Ed Funding by District in the Governor's Proposed Budget

See the state education aid outlined in House 2, the governor's budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

Ed Funding by District

Thanks to the Student Opportunity Act, public school funding is rising in Massachusetts. On Jan. 22, Governor Charlie Baker submitted a budget proposal that calls for $304 million in new Chapter 70 education aid and another $51 million in other new education funding. The numbers won’t be final until the Legislature approves a budget for fiscal 2021 and it is signed by the governor.

The FY 2021 budget will be a down payment on resources to come. If the Legislature keeps its commitments under the new law each year, Chapter 70 will increase by more than $2 billion by 2027, or 40 percent over the current fiscal year.

Districts would see varying levels of funding under the governor’s budget proposal. Those with high concentrations of poverty will receive the most. All districts will be “held harmless,” meaning they will receive at least as much as they would have received under the former law. In addition, some municipalities will be required to allocate more funding to their local public schools under the act.

MTA president calls new funding law 'a huge victory for students'

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The following statement was issued by MTA President Merrie Najimy on Nov. 26 following the signing of the Student Opportunity Act by Governor Charlie Baker:

Winning the Student Opportunity Act is a huge victory for students, for educators, for communities and for racial and economic justice. When the new law is fully phased in, it will increase annual state funding for public education by $1.5 billion over inflation. Much of that money will go to low-income districts — disproportionately communities of color — that have been left behind by our Commonwealth’s outdated and inequitable funding system.

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Funding Facts
PreK-12 Funding

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

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Higher Education Funding

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Aid for public colleges & universities is down by more than $500 million annually.

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

Massachusetts Teachers Assocation President Merrie Najimy
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