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Walking into @worcesterpublic budget presentation juuuust in time to catch #FBRC Bill impacts
(Luckily, I already know the #FBRC recommendations, so, okay there)
Updated presentation has updated funding gaps, which starts with JUST sped and health insurance being $70M short.
(Hope the new slides get posted)
Three bills on sped in Worcester
As always, EVEN with #FBRC fully implemented, statewide there would STILL be a $700M gap (and a $30M one for Worcester) on special ed
Health insurance: three bills, Worcester
Oh, thank goodness: finally SOMEONE other than me is noting the drop in English learners in this budget!
Part of why the Senate bill looks better
On economically disadvantaged, note House language. If that is what is actually meant, then that is SPENDING not foundation...
“We will no longer qualify for charter school reimbursement in Worcester under the Governor’s bill” other than the facilities reimbursement.
“It will completely go away.”
(True lots of places, BTW, and that isn’t getting enough attention)
Per Worcester, House bill would actually lead to loss of funding in places due to the way it is written (outdated language)
Collecting forms allowed back, which is not only a budgetary decision, but also a school nutrition one.
Note here (but also earlier) that this year it is important to stress that the budget will change as it goes through the process.
Most of the @worcesterpublic budgetary increase this year is due to the inflation rate, BTW. We just lucked out.
I mean...
(This is my chart but the numbers are the same)
We’re now getting into comments from members, and I refuse to use my twitter to laud a 0.4% over required minimum spending, so not quoting.
Essentially the recommendation coming from @worcesterpublic admin on bills here is “none of the bills is perfect for us; advocate for the aspects that work for us.”
Heads up: sheets going out to @worcesterpublic principals to ask for what else they might need.
(Something that would be an appropriate school site council topic, per MGL)
(Parenthetical up there is me, of course)
Re-emphasis from Comparetto around power given to Commissioner to withhold foundation budget funding from schools
To Q from Comparetto on reimbursement, review that shift in charter reimbursement to high growth (in charters) districts (and away from Worcester, for one example)
“I may regret saying this, but thank God for inflation”
Jack Foley
Interesting Q from Foley if anyone is talking about the actual funding of special ed (other than Worcester? No.).
Allen notes that the bill is implementating the #FBRC recommendation, and the flaw in that is that the RATE was never taken up.
Underfunded statutorily by $1M in @worcesterpublic charter reimbursement
(And that is now; we just don’t get anything under the Gov’s save facilities)
$600M of Gov’s Bill increase is local contributions
Hoping someone makes a motion to send the report to the delegation. No one has so far.
Aaaand no one did. Hope @Sen_Chandler @SenMikeMoore @RepJohnMahoney @RepJimODay @RepDanDonahue Rep @MaryKeefeMA and Rep @DavidLeBoeuf all read it, anyway. You have the best analysis in the state I have seen on actual implementation of #FBRC bills.
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