Petition to Reform Foundation Budget and Return $1,077,100 to Chelsea Low-Income Students in State Funds
Posted on: March 15, 2018
Petition Background and Summary
- Chelsea's dropout rate (6%) is three times the state average
- English learners are leaving school at the alarming rate of nearly 12%.
- Chelsea students also have high rates of past trauma, which - if left unaddressed - leads to disengagement in school and other opportunities, risky behaviors, and lifelong hardship.
- The shift from a low income (LI) to economically disadvantaged (ED) definition of poor students reduced the 2016 (FY17) and 2017 (FY18) counts of low income students due to two key reasons: (1) The state changed how districts could identify lower income students, and (2) The state essentially lowered the threshold for lower income students from 185% of the federal poverty level to 133%.
Action Petitioned For
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now and reforms the Foundation Budget - the formula that determines funding for Massachusetts schools. The Foundation Budget, or Chapter 70, has chronically underfunded our schools for years. It's time for a new formula. We support Bill S. 223 to modernize the Foundation Formula for 21st century education. The bill would positively impact districts like Chelsea dramatically, with changes to funding formulas supporting English learners, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Furthermore we ask that the state returns the $215.42 taken away from each Economically Disadvantaged student, to ensure equitable education for all students.
Please visit the Chelsea Collaborative or one of our upcoming events to sign the petition.
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Call your representatives and ask them to support Bill S. 223, reform the Foundation Budget, and restore the Economically Disadvantaged per pupil rate.
- Attend upcoming educational sessions, hosted in partnership with the Chelsea Public Schools
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Chelsea Collaborative, 318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150
- Attend our April 25 Advocacy Day at the State House. For more information, contact Norieliz (email@example.com)