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At the 2016 Delegate Assembly, MASC once again called for implementation of the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, who jointly chaired the Commission, filed a bill in this session, SD1905 - An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century which would implement the recommendations with a multi-year phase-in.
MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a new Legislative Bulletin with a detailed analysis of Governor Charlie Baker's FY 2018 Budget Recommendations and the potential impact on Massachusetts school districts. The recommendations propose an increase in Chapter 70 education aid of approximately $90 million, with a minimum aid increase of $20 per pupil. The Legislative Bulletin includes analysis of those figures, as well as a analysis of each account related to education funding.
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.
The House recently released its finalized FY2018 Budget, and MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has published a new legislative bulletin describing the changes to the House Ways and Means Committee version and the Governor's proposed budget. The budget includes changes to Chapter 70 funding, the Special Education circuit breaker, regional school transportation, charter school funding, homeless student transportation, low income issues, expanded learning time grants, METCO and more.
The Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee recently released its FY2018 Budget recommendations, which examines both the Governor's budget proposal and the House budget proposal and releases its own recommendations for the annual budget for deliberation by the Senate. MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan just published a Legislative Bulletin which outlines the recommendations, including a $22 million increase in Chapter 70 over the House budget, a $12 million increase in the Special Education Circuit Breaker and others.