@SenJasonLewis"rising today with great excitement and enthusiasm"
"recognizes that access to a public education is a fundamental right"
"long and proud history when it comes to public education"
"our schools and districts have been struggling to keep up"
"provide certainity and predictability" to our local districts
"has been invaluable to helping us to understand all of the challenges"
additional $1.5B in new state aid: "new funding over and above what we would be providing" for inflation and the like
"going to be a game changer for our Gateway cities" and other districts with English learners, high rates of poverty
students leaving to attend a charter school does put financial pressures on a school district
special education costs are a very specific challenge for districts
transportation costs "can be as high or higher than tuition costs"
"will allow to accept more schools into the pipeline" for repair and renovation
directing DESE and DOR to report back on specific issues that need further analysis
for the students who testified in Mattapan "we see you"
for the Commissioners who quietly pushed for five recommendations, not two
for those School Committee members who passed resolutions
for those who met with legislators
"we are refusing to accept the iron law correlation between" economics and outcomes
"we are anchoring ourselves" to the commitment in the Constitution
"it is who I know us to be"
"five separate times over the past years" the Senate has passed all of the recommendations
collaboration so that our students might have the best possible opportunity to realize there potential
"it must be an exercise of the whole"
"unfortunately...it took a long time, and in those years, opportunities were lost"
realize that all such will be projections
cannot believe the committee has been working without numbers
partnered with DESE's team on Chapter 70 formula "to understand how changes we would consider making, what the impact of those changes would be"
able "to say with a fair amount of certainity what the overall impact" will be
"there's a lot of assumptions that go into doing this kind of modeling"
can make some good assumptions statewide on enrollment, economic conditions, inflation
enrollment growing, losing, fairly flat
(this is all Lewis)
"can't predict with any certainty whatsoever" on an individual school district or municipality
(which misses the point, of course, and I think intentionally)
notes Lewis has met with individual members with information
Governor includes predicted local contribution
"if there are inaccuracies, we ought to know what they are"
says he doesn't want to belabor this point (to snickers in the gallery)
(we'll pick this up then)
Senate Ways and Means has looked at and passed the bill and feels it can be done from existing resources
circuit breaker over four years; charter reimbursement over three years
estimated to be $300M each year when inflation built in
how many communities will have to contribute more?
how many communities will be required to spend more than the increase they'll receive in NSS under the bill?
(an understanding of one's local foundation budget calculation alone with do that)
"the consequences of that gap is the price tag today"
reduces reconsideration to 5 years rather than 10 years as in the bill
goal "is very clear and is something we can all agree to"
"the frequency of those reviews was something that was discussed at great length as this bill was being developed"
suggests it will be even longer between the identification of the problem and the solution to the problem
Pacheco: one of the problems we have had is we don't fund charters appropriately, as well
amendment says cap on the number of charter schools approved for any year in which the mitigation fund isn't fully funded
amendment 20: Tarr on unfunded mandates
"to help school districts save money"
school mandates are in place for a reason
"how we keep our schools and districts accountable"
"however we are missing the boat with special education"
look at the way we fund charter schools, how they are enrolled
"this is revenue neutral for the state"
amendment 45: school violence prevention
Finegold withdraws the amendment
Senate President @KarenSpilka to create a Senate working group to look at charter schools, their fiscal impact, their enrollment, and so forth
amendment is identical to bill pending in education committee (which hears it next week)
"We are well on our way to having a two tiered system"
Notes his service on [Taunton] School Committee
"I'm somewhat disappointed that we have to keep talking about this issue; I thought it had been resolved; I guess not"
grateful to Comerford and Pacheco "for raising the issue of charter school finance issues"
brought charts on the amount of money sent to charter schools since they started in 1996
Board of Education which says it has no responsibility to consider the impact on other children or what the cost will be
"as we underfund charter reimbursement, the first place it goes to charter schools"
amendment 51 fails
amendment 54 fails
Sen @PatrickMOConnor: includes guidelines for a plans
We went from full day K in 26% of districts to 96% "and then we stopped the program"
(and he's got the stats on this)
as does 60
O'Connor up on 61
(which is good thinking, BTW)
would have deducted the non-reimbursed amount from the charter school tuition
the districts that we need the most are the ones being most hurt by the lack of resources
has hope of working group
"I'm not sure if I support free college; but to do that, we need to study it"
"to elevate the voices of our children through our educators"
reports on progress towards targets in school and district report cards
"we've been able to really strengthen this part of the bill"
"make sure that voices of parents are front and center"
Recess while Tarr's amendment on unfunded mandates is up
amendment 22 fails
"make it impossible to meet the demands of school funding"
"once the levy limit is reached, towns have no ability to fund local needs anymore"
enhances data collection for student preparedness for life after high school
amendment 33 on circuit breaker fails
"spending a great deal of money" on districts and...allows greater power
"these districts have vastly different needs and priorities"
"we should not paint these districts with a broad brush"
whether or not we are making progress that we need
would remove "subject to appropriation" from the regional transportation reimbursement
"talking about the same schools with declining enrollment...it just gets piled on year after year"
"a shortfall of $16.4M this year" for regional schools
(I am not kidding)
"it has over 400 miles of roads"
MSBA estimates that they'll need to replace 36 schools a year
one of the schools he went to is in the same shape it was 40 years ago
adopted a redrafted version of 21 about studying other uses of renovations
reimbursement rate is far below actual costs we are seeing now
7000 students in Ch.766 schools don't have a representative on the Commission
"so that we have at least SOME identifiable sources of revenue" in the bill
Tarr estimates that phasing this in would cost less than $8M
(but it, of course, in most cases does not require an ACTUAL increase)
"this bill should be--and I would argue IS--about changing the status quo"
that means doing things differently than in the past
"there are lots of provisions in the underlying law and in this bill that get into the mechanics and strike a balance" among needs
(This is not the case; there is data supporting the measurements of concentrations of poverty.)
(this might be a face saver for the Senators that need it)
had hoped it could be entered into the foundation budget, 'but it is too soon'