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The following is a reference describing the recommendations made by the Massachusetts Foundation Budget Review Commission. You can also download the full report here or download the printable (PDF) version of this reference here.
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This recommendation does not spell out numbers or calculations, but cites the large number of programs --extended learning time, wraparound services, instructional improvement, class size reduction, early ed--that have been found to be successful with low income students, and laying out some parameters on costs.
Note further that this includes posting a plan of what the district will do with additional dollars, but includes district flexibility to best meet student needs.
It recommends establishment of a committee to improve data reporting, specifically around reporting of use of funding at a school level.
There is a recognition (not a recommendation) of the state’s needs in early childhood. The data on the huge positive effects of early childhood education is overwhelming and clear, which the Commission recognized.
Note that those numbers are not included in other calculations, so some would balance out.
…the good work begun by the education reform act of 1993, and the educational progress made since, will be at risk so long as our school systems are fiscally strained by the ongoing failure to substantively reconsider the adequacy of the foundation budget- Conclusion of the final report of the Foundation Budget Review Commission