July 27, 2018 – Please Participate

Please take a few moments to read and send a few emails… we are stronger together! 

FROM:             Merrie Najimy, President, Max Page, Vice President

SUBJECT:         URGENT: Support Increased Funding for Public Schools

Action is needed right away to support ourlast chance in this legislative session to increase school funding. A House-Senate conference committee is meeting now on this issue. These legislators will decide whether a school funding bill will go forward before the session ends on July 31and what will be in that bill if it does.  We need members to send a message to all legislators that kids can’t wait: The Legislature must enact the Senate bill with a funding phase-in of no more than five years.

Go here for legislative contact information and please forward this message to your members.

Call your state representative and senator and ask them to urge the members of the House-Senate conference committee to support the Senate’s version of An Act relative to findings of the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Let them know you support phasing in the increased funding over no more than five years.

These bills were created to address shortcomings in the school funding formula identified by the nonpartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission in 2015. The shortfalls are most severe in districts serving high percentages of low-income students, students of color and English learners.

The Senate’s version, spearheaded by Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, would address this persistent inadequacy and inequity by phasing in four key recommendations of the FBRC, those related to health care costs, special education, English learners and low-income students. It would generate more than $1 billion for public schools when fully phased in. The House version, led by Rep. Alice Peisch, only addresses the first two, leaving the other two for further study. It would generate about one-third as much money for public schools as the Senate version does.

Ask your state representative and senator to contact the conference committee members with this message: “Pass the Senate bill now!” If you live in a district served by a member of the six-person conference committee, ask him or her directly to support the Senate bill. The conference committee members are:

Representatives Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley), Claire Cronin (D-Easton) and Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden), and Senators Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston), Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth).

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