School Budget and Finance

Tools and news for Massachusetts school leaders on school budget and finance issues.

Has your District Signed on to the Chapter 70 Foundation Budget Full Funding Resolution?

The full list of school districts that have signed on to the Suburban Coalition resolution calling for full funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations (as well as the complete text of the resolution) is available from the Suburban Coalition.

The list of school districts that have passed a resolution against increasing the charter school cap in Massachusetts is available here.

Potential Impact of Changes to Low-Income Student Calculations

MassBudget Chapter 70 Table Preview

New data from MassBudget illustrates the impact of Governor Baker's proposed new Chapter 70 school funding formula that incorporates the “economically disadvantaged” metric for counting students in poverty.

This recently adopted metric bases the count of students in poverty on those kids participating in other programs that support low-income families (such as food stamps and MassHealth). That matching process is called direct certification.

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MassBudget Report: Direct Certification for School Meals

MassBudget's new brief, Direct Certification for School Meals: Feeding Students, Counting Kids, Funding Schools, reviews progress on the implementation of direct certification, and offers solutions to address some of the challenges we still face.

This paper also describes the potential that by including MassHealth, a well-functioning direct certification system could bring breakfast and lunch to more students, and also give the state a potentially more-accurate count of low-income students.

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