House passes historic education funding bill

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MTA President Merrie Najimy released the following statement after the House passed the Student Opportunity Act on Oct. 23:

Today’s passage of the Student Opportunity Act by the House is a huge victory for our students.

After a yearlong grassroots advocacy campaign by the MTA and our allies in the Fund Our Future coalition, the House has followed the Senate’s lead by overwhelmingly endorsing the Student Opportunity Act. When fully phased in, this once-in-a-generation change will bring $1.5 billion more each year to our public schools, with most of the money going to districts serving low-income students who have been historically left behind by our outdated and inequitable school funding system.

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Bill is a major advance for education justice

The following statement was issued on Sept. 19 by MTA President Merrie Najimy:

Modeled on the MTA-backed Promise Act, the bill appears to fulfill the recommendations stated in the 2015 report of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.

Because of the organizing and actions taken by countless educators, students and other supporters of public education via the Fund Our Future campaign, we have taken a big step closer to providing the funding that our students and our schools desperately need and deserve.

The Student Opportunity Act, the education funding bill released today, goes a long way toward achieving what the MTA and its allies in the Fund Our Future coalition sought — a generational investment in public education that helps every district and advances the causes of equity and justice for the districts most in need. Modeled on the MTA-backed Promise Act, the bill appears to fulfill the recommendations stated in the 2015 report of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.

The MTA will continue to work with our coalition partners and with legislators to refine and improve the bill where necessary and protect it from changes that would undermine district and educator autonomy. We look forward to making sure that the new resources are used to the greatest benefit of students throughout the Commonwealth.

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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speaking out

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

Massachusetts Teachers Assocation President Merrie Najimy