Nellie Taylor: Promise Act will fix state’s education funding problems

  • R.K. Finn Ryan Road School kindergarten teacher Michelle Smiarowski and about 50 other parents, teachers, students and preschoolers gathered before the start of the school day on Thursday, March 21, 2019, to show support for the Education Promise Act now before the state Legislature. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 4/29/2019 9:25:26 AM

Rep. Alice Peisch, chair of the state’s Joint Committee on Education, a longtime supporter of charter school expansion and what I believe are other destructive education “reforms” was in the region earlier this month.

The message conveyed to her by educators was crystal clear and needs to be proclaimed loudly as we head toward a conclusion of a once-in-a-generation debate over how to fix the school funding system. The Legislature, including Rep. Peisch, has failed us for a quarter century.

Educators of Massachusetts are done watching our students get short-changed by over $1 billion every year, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. We demand the support we have been asking for — more counselors, behaviorists, librarians and art and music teachers, and full funding for special education and English language learners.

The Promise Act is the only worthy solution proposed in the Legislature. It would deliver three times the amount of state aid than the governor’s inadequate proposal. It does so without adding more destructive interventions like charters, more takeover zones, and unfunded mandates.

Fix the foundation budget. Pass the Promise Act. We’re done waiting.

Nellie Taylor

Florence




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