The legislature passed monumental education legislation, the Student Opportunity Act. This bill helps update the funding formula and increases the Chapter 70 contributions to local school districts. It also addresses the costs of educating low income students, special education students and English learners. It provides guidance and psychological services to students and provides health insurance to employees and retirees of the school systems.
The Chapter 70 program is the major program of state aid to public elementary and secondary schools. In addition to providing state aid to support school operations, it also establishes minimum spending requirements for each school district and minimum requirements for each municipality’s share of school costs. I helped secure an additional $12.5M in Chapter 70 funding for the 6th Hampden District in FY2019.