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Welcome to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Our mission is to achieve excellence in school leadership through advocacy, training and service. We are pleased to offer a rich array of publications, resources, events and conferences to support the valuable work that our members do.
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MASC members are invited to join "How Schools Improve By Engaging Families," a free EdWeek webinar on May 2 hosted by our friends at Panorama Education, to learn how these districts are building strong family-school partnerships.
On the webinar, Dr. Karen Mapp, Commissioner Ken Wagner, and leaders from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) will share strategies for engaging and empowering families in the service of student success.
Day on the Hill, MASC's legislative advocacy day, brings school committee members, superintendents and student leaders to the State House in Boston to meet with the executive and legislative leadership as well as local senators and representatives. This annual event is an increasingly critical moment for MASC members to advance the message of the value of public education and ensure that legislators and other key decision/policy makers understand the issues and challenges that you confront and that they can support.
As FY18 budgets are being finalized, we encourage school leaders and all other community stakeholders to share with their legislators the urgent need to support revisions to the Foundation Budget (see, for example, S.223 "An Act to Modernize the Foundation Budget", sponsored by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz).
Use this simple online tool to send a message to state legislators urging the implementation of the Foundation Budget Review Commission recommendations. Please join us in supporting public education in Massachusetts and share the letter with legislators using the form below. We've provided a sample letter for you to use, or you can personalize it before sending.
The meeting opened with comments from Chair Paul Sagan and Commissioner Mitchell Chester. Chair Sagan began by announcing that member Roland Fryer has resigned. (Members of the Board of Education are appointed by the Governor.) Sagan also opened a discussion regarding remote participation by Board members, something to which the Board will be returning.
The state's funding formula (referred to as Foundation Budget) was developed in 1993 and remains unchanged, even as the past two and a half decades have brought extraordinary changes to the public education landscape, including MCAS requirements, new state curriculum frameworks, budget losses to charter schools, the rise of expensive modern digital technologies, and increased expenses associated with addressing students' complex social and emotional needs.
In the absence of appropriate state funding, districts must either cut services or place a disproportionate burden on their local taxpayers.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a new Legislative Bulletin with a detailed analysis of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee's FY2018 Budget Recommendations and the potential impact on Massachusetts school districts. The proposed budget increases Chapter 70, both by increasing the health care calculation within the Foundation Budget and by including a $30/pupil minimum increase per district. From Governor Baker’s budget proposal, the House proposed budget also increases regional school transportation by $1 million (to $62 million), increases the circuit breaker by $4 million, and increases METCO funding by $500,000. It adds a pothole account of $12.5 million for districts that have seen negative impacts from the economically disadvantaged calculation. The Bulletin includes analysis of those figures, as well as a analysis of each account related to education funding.