This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Next Budget Hurdle

In November, there will be a question on the ballot throughout Massachusetts asking to eliminate the state income tax. If this initiative passes, it would drastically reduce annual revenue for Massachusetts - by $12.7 billion each year - and would devastate publicly funded entities, including schools.

This is a binding proposal that would become law, effective January 1, 2009.

You can read more about the ballot question here, and also download a fact sheet. This information is provided by the Coalition for Our Communities, the state group that opposes the initiative.

Tracey Armstrong, who led the Beverly override campaign last spring, will be holding a meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm at her house for people who would like to learn more about the ballot question, or to work on the local campaign to defeat it. If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracey for more informtion.

A couple other notes from Tracey:

I expect to have a meeting in late September where we can discuss the future activities of the group. Second, I want to gratefully thank Joanna Murphy Scott, Amy Norton and Ed Rozmerick who were all selected and agreed to serve on Judith Cronin's PILOT/SILOT committee.