State Education Funding

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts asked State Rep candidates in the 15th Middlesex to respond, in 500 characters or fewer, for their upcoming Voter’s Guide.

What, if anything, would you change about the way the state funds education?

Funding for universal, high-quality public pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-olds. MA’s school funding formula (Chapter 70) has not been comprehensively updated in 25-yrs; assuming a 5-yr phase-in, the Commonwealth could address problems identified by the Foundation Budget Review Commission with increased education funding of $888 million or $1.082 billion when also accounting for increases to minimum aid provided to all school districts. Increase per-student support for public 2- and 4-year colleges.