Underfunding of Our Schools and Colleges

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.