Massachusetts School Funding Reform Overview

Massachusetts School Funding Reform Overview

WEC is a member of a statewide partnership of education, civil rights, and social justice organizations pressing for equity in education in Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership came together over a year ago and produced the report, Number One for Some, which focused on the significant disparities in education opportunity, access, and ultimately outcomes in our commonwealth.

 

As our legislature works to amend the Chapter 70 funding formula, the core approach to funding K-12 public schools in place since 1993, the partnership is calling for a significant reworking of the formula to channel more funding into high need, low property wealth districts.  To be most effective we believe that this increased funding must be coupled with increased accountability and transparency to assure that funds are used wisely and consistent with what we have learned since 1993 about best practices in teaching and learning.