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New and Noteworthy
Spending Plans Required by Recently Enacted Legislation
MEMORANDUM TO: Massachusetts School Committee Members FROM: Glenn Koocher, Executive Director, MASC DATE: January 10, 2020 RE: Spending Plans Required by Recently Enacted Legislation
Public Policy Updates: State's economic future debated at consensus revenue hearing
Each year before proposing and agreeing upon a budget, the two chambers of the Legislature and the Governor's office agree on the amount of money they will plan to spend that coming year. To begin this process for fiscal year 2021, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means together with the Office of Administration and Finance held a consensus revenue hearing, at which they heard invited testimony regarding the current and next fiscal year's outlook for the Massachusetts economy and the revenue it will bring to the state.
The legislature has sent to the governor’s desk the bill addressing changes to Chapter 70, the Foundation Budget revisions, and accountability measures incorporated in what the House and Senate approved. The bill, as forwarded, is subject to possible veto or request by the governor for additional changes. MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a new Legislative Bulletin containing an overview and analysis of the revisions as well as the original bill, and the impact on Massachusetts school districts. A more formal update will be sent as developments occur.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 29 at the Department in Malden. The agenda is online here; the video of the meeting is also available. Public comment included a call for students to be challenged at the level at which they need challenge.
Public Policy Updates: The House deliberates and passes the Student Opportunity Act
On Wednesday, October 23, the House deliberated and passed the Student Opportunity Act on a unanimous 155-0 vote after eight hours of deliberation and recesses. The session can be viewed online here. The bill and the record of votes cast can be found here.