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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.

Legal Alert - Student Walkouts and Mass Protests

MASC Legal Alert

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a legal alert regarding student walkouts and mass protests in schools, including detailed guidance for school districts from the National School Boards Association.

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Legal Alert - Boelter v. Board of Selectman of Wayland

MASC Legal Alert

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a legal alert regarding the Boelter v. Board of Selectman of Wayland (SJC- 12353) case, in which the Town Administrator’s Evaluation by Selectmen that followed the longstanding practice was found by the Supreme Judicial Court to violate the Open Meeting Law. The decision must be adhered to by School Committees when evaluating the Superintendent.

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Legislative Bulletin - Senate Ways & Means Budget Proposal (May 18, 2018)

MASC Legislative Bulletin

On May 10, 2018, the Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee released its FY2019 Budget recommendations, which include proposals regarding:

  • Chapter 70 Funding
  • Special Education Circuit Breaker
  • Regional School Transportation
  • Charter School Reimbursement
  • Homeless Student Transportation
  • Expanded Learning Time Grants
  • Adult Basic Education
  • METCO
  • Recovery High Schools
  • and more

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Legislative Bulletin: House Ways & Means FY19 Budget Recommendations (H. 4400)

MASC Legislative Bulletin

The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee recently released its FY2019 Budget recommendations, which includes a proposal to increase Chapter 70 general aid to education by about $125 million, representing a $7 million addition to the Governor's budget proposal. It also includes an increase in Special Education Circuit Breaker funding to $300 million, as well as changes in Regional School Transportation funds, charter school reimbursements, Metco grants and Hurricane Aid and Low Income enrollment funding. MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan has released a Legislative Bulletin detailing the changes relevant to Massachusetts school districts.

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Legal Alert: February 2018

New Requirements for Districts to Implement a Substance Use-Related Screening Tool. Dowload here

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