PARENTS REACT TO GOVERNOR BAKER’S 2019 BUDGET PROPOSAL
Massachusetts Parents United Applauds Governor Baker’s
Approach to Education Funding
(BOSTON, MA) – Yesterday, Governor Baker unveiled his 2019 state budget that includes funding the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations and outlines 1.1 billion dollars for school funding over seven years with additional funds targeted towards high need districts and tied to inflation.
Keri Rodrigues, founder of Massachusetts Parents United, the largest urban parent organization in the state said, “Families are excited to see a responsible proposal that acknowledges the need for the Commonwealth to address the crisis around achievement and opportunity gaps in communities across the state and provides funding that will actually reach students in the classrooms.”
This highly anticipated budget comes shortly after the release of The PROMISE Act legislation authored by Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz (D-Boston), that also has claimed to address shortfall in education funding but lacks specific plans to address the glaring achievement gap in Massachusetts — which ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to educating children of color.
The Governor’s budget also aims to provide funding on students and regulates the funding of healthcare, which is estimated to be over 40% of the PROMISE Act, just for retired teachers.
“We also applaud the Governor’s thoughtful approach of engaging a broad spectrum of stakeholders and recognizes parents as critical partners in moving our education system into the 21st century. We look forward to continuing the conversation with the Governor and the Legislature to ensure that the priority of parents and families are heard loud and clear. ”
Reaching over 200,000 families in communities across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Parents United works to amplify the voices of parents to impact policy and politics. We work with families to build safer neighborhoods, affordable housing, food security, and equitable access to high quality education.