Even those of us who follow the school budget process closely, often find it difficult to make sense of what goes on at the Statehouse, and understand how decisions made there affect Beverly schools.
If you'd like to learn more, the Beverly chapter of Stand for Children is cosponsoring a forum titled Politics, Policy, and Campaigns on Monday, September 20. The event, held in conjunction with several other Massachusetts Stand communities will be held at the at the
Join other Beverly Stand members and learn about the funding and policy issues that impact children’s education in Massachusetts, and how you can have a role influencing the key decisionmakers.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Kris Silverstein to RSVP, or with questions. Also please indicate in your message if you'd like to car pool.
On a related topic, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group that analyzes the state budget, has just released a report titled Public School Funding in Massachusetts: Where We Are, What Has Changed, and How We Compare to Other States.
The report provides a detailed looks at the statistics surrounding education funding, and reports several key findings.
- Massachusetts ranks high in per-pupil spending but ranks low in total education spending as a percentage of the state economy.
- Massachusetts continues to rank low in state funding as a percentage of the total economy, although this percentage increased steadily during the mid to late 1990s.
- Massachusetts schools rely heavily on local funding sources.