Organizing Tools

Spread the Word With Graphics and Fliers

Memes

We have created district-by-district graphics sized for Facebook that show how much each would receive under the Promise Act. Please post in September with the message: “It’s time for the Legislature to fund our future. Pass the Promise and Cherish Acts now!”  On your social media, please link the graphic to the Legislative Action Alert page.

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Funding Fliers

We have created district-by-district fliers showing how much each would receive under the  Promise Act. These can be downloaded and distributed at Fund Our Future events and actions.

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Campaign Highlights

We have won our first Fund Our Future victory

Find how much state education aid your school district will receive this year

Chapter 70 increases broken down by community.

Chapter 70

Because of effective advocacy and organizing by our members, joined by parents and coalition partners, the new state budget approved on Monday, July 22, puts a foundation in place for more equitably funded public schools, particularly in low-income communities. It is our first Fund Our Future victory!

Under the fiscal year 2020 budget, Massachusetts schools will receive $269 million in new Chapter 70 money — the biggest boost in years — based on the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.

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Thousands rally at Fund Our Future rallies in Boston, Springfield

Students lead the march around the State House on May 16
Students lead the march around the State House.

Following an afternoon of political theater and chanting that reverberated through the marbled halls of the State House, more than 3,000 educators, parents and students rallied and marched around the building on May 16, demanding passage of legislation to increase state funding for public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year.

Similar rallies were held in Springfield and Pittsfield, bringing together MTA members and other supporters of the Fund Our Future coalition.

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What Our Students Are Owed

PreK-12 amounts (shown in red) include additional Chapter 70 aid each district might receive in fiscal year 2026 under the Promise Act (H.586/S.238), assuming the Act is phased in over the FY20-FY26 period. Higher Education amounts (displayed in blue) show how much the appropriation for each public higher education campus might increase under the Cherish Act (H.1214/S.741), which would restore appropriations to the level reached in FY 2001.

Methodology Behind PreK-12 Funding

Based on a simulation by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the map indicates the additional Chapter 70 aid each district might receive in fiscal year 2026 under the Promise Act (H.586/S.238), assuming that the Act is phased in over the FY20-FY26 period. The amounts shown are in addition to FY26 baseline Chapter 70 aid for each district, where "baseline" is the Chapter 70 aid each district is projected to receive if the Promise Act is not enacted. Amounts are based on a specific set of reasonable assumptions incorporated into the simulation. Accordingly, they should not be viewed as any kind of an aid guarantee.

The amounts shown here supersede the data formerly posted on this site. Those figures pertained to a MassBudget report that simulated the distribution of Chapter 70 aid that might result from a particular way of implementing the proposals of the 2014-15 Foundation Budget Review Commission. Unlike the numbers presented here, those data were not based on a specific legislative bill.

Methodology Behind Higher Ed Funding

Since their high point in FY01, inflation-adjusted per-pupil state higher education appropriations have declined by 31 percent. The Cherish Act (H.1214/S.741) would restore appropriations to the FY01 level while freezing tuition and fees, resulting in an appropriations increase of $580 million over the FY19 General Appropriations Act amount if the Cherish Act were fully implemented in FY20. The map shows how much the appropriation for each higher education campus might increase.

The Cherish Act does not specify how the additional $580 million would be distributed. The data on the map are based on a particular approach to allocating the funds. There is no way of predicting the actual approach that the Legislature would adopt. Therefore, as with Chapter 70 data, these numbers should not be taken as any kind of a guarantee. They also supersede the numbers formerly posted on this site, which were based on data that have been updated.


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

Higher Ed

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