Promise Act: PreK-12 Funding
The Promise Act, filed by Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston) and by Reps. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) and Mary Keefe (D-Worcester), would over a period of time implement the four core recommendations of the commission to increase the foundation budget, resulting in more than $1 billion in new state funding. The bulk of those funds would go to districts with the greatest need and fewest resources. The formula would be changed to:
- Realistically account for districts’ health care costs by using actual data to set insurance costs and inflation rates in the foundation budget.
- Modernize the formula to provide adequate support for English learners and lowincome students.
- More accurately account for special education costs to better reflect actual SPED enrollment and the total costs that districts bear for out-of-district students.
- Increase state aid to certain districts to mitigate losses to charter schools.
- Guarantee minimum annual state aid increases to all districts of $50 per pupil.