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MASC Legislative Bulletins contain information relating to actions taken by the Massachusetts Legislature on important legislation and the state budget process as it pertains to education funding.

Legislative Bulletin: Governor's FY2018 Budget Recommendations

MASC Legislative Bulletin

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.

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Legislative Bulletin October 12, 2016: An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government

Read the section-by-section Summary of the final Municipal Finance and Government Modernization bill, signed on August 9, 2016.
This bill will become effective on November 7, 2016 except as noted in Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016. The Department of Revenue has published a 17-page summary of the law and below you will find those sections that apply to school committee.

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Legal Alert: Implementation of the Opioid Bill

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a legal bulletin regarding the recently enacted Opioid Bill and the necessary policy changes Massachusetts school districts need to implement prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Legislative Bulletin: Senate Ways and Means Budget Recommendations (May 18, 2016)

MASC Legislative Bulletin

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan just released a new Legislative Bulletin with analysis of the Senate Ways & Means Budget Recommendations. Items covered include:

  • Chapter 70 Funding
  • Regional and Homeless Student Transportation
  • Special Education Circuit Breaker
  • METCO and Charter School Reimbursement
  • Kindergarten Grants
  • Low Income Definition
  • Substance Abuse Prevention

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Legislative Bulletin: House Ways and Means Budget Recommendations (April 14, 2016)

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.

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