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MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan just released a new Legislative Bulletin with analysis of the Senate Ways & Means Budget Recommendations. Items covered include:
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a legal bulletin addressing the question of whether a school committee member can take a position on a ballot question.
In a continued effort to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the Commonwealth, on April 26, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced that $2 million from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) will fund cooperative efforts to help Massachusetts public schools test for lead and copper in drinking water.
The funds, to be used by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will provide technical assistance to ensure that public school districts can sample the taps and water fountains in their schools, and to identify any results that show lead and copper contamination over the action level. Note: the program will also cover early education programs that are publicly owned or operated.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a new Legislative Bulletin with analysis of the House Ways & Means Budget Recommendations. The bulletin includes details on Chapter 70 funding, transportation and special education circuit breaker, METCO and charter school reimbursements, Kindergarten grants, low-income definition and special education rates.
At a recent Citizens for Public Schools Forum, MASC Past President and current Arlington School Committee member Paul Schlichtman gave a detailed presentation on the crippling financial impact of charter schools on public school districts and followed with a discussion on the status of the proposed charter school legislation currently under debate in the legislature and the pending ballot question.