Education Committee Releases $1.5B Student Opportunity Act

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Today, the Joint Committee on Education released the Student Opportunity Act. This legislation, an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment in our public schools, will expand opportunities for all students, especially those facing educational disadvantages, and provide more resources to all of our communities.

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Below, please find links to information regarding the Student Opportunity Act:

RESOURCES

Student Opportunity Act Overview

Student Opportunity Act Fact Sheet

Student Opportunity Act Question & Answer

Student Opportunity Act Joint Announcement

Student Opportunity Act Bill Text: Senate Bill 2350

REACTION

MA Association of School Superintendents
”A partner since the outset in the quest to fix inequities in the state’s education funding formula, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents applauds the work of the state legislature in presenting the Student Opportunity Act.” 

Fund Our Future
“We are cautiously optimistic about the thoughtful legislation released by the Joint Committee on Education. We need to fully examine the details, of course, but a much deserved victory is within reach for thousands of educators, parents, students, and community members who wrote letters, marched in the streets, and continue to demand quality, well-funded public schools for every student in Massachusetts.”

MA Teachers Association
“The Student Opportunity Act, the education funding bill released today, goes a long way toward achieving what the MTA and its allies in the Fund Our Future coalition sought — a generational investment in public education that helps every district and advances the causes of equity and justice for the districts most in need.”

Boston Teachers Union
“The allocation of this funding through the recently introduced Student Opportunity Act represents a major win for the grassroots coalition of parents, students, community members and unionized teachers who have fought long and hard for these critical reforms.”

MA Education Justice Alliance
“We are glad to see lawmakers listened to our grassroots movement and adopted a full 100% increase for low-income students in the highest need. This will drive hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to underserved students in districts that have desperately needed these resources for decades.”

MA Business Alliance for Education
“…[W]e are very pleased to see that the Student Opportunity Act rightly increases funding for our state’s low-income and English Language Learner students, and also includes some of the accountability MBAE and our partners have been fighting for to ensure the money is used to efficiently and effectively to address the persistent inequity in our schools.”

Citizens for Public Schools
“We applaud the Education Committee for listening to our grass roots movement and for their hard work so far.”

PRESS

Renewing our commitment to public education
Commonwealth Magazine

School funding bill will change the game for disadvantaged students
Boston Globe

Mass. Lawmakers Unveil $1.5 Billion, 7-Year Education Bill
WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers tout ‘consensus’ on education funding bill
Boston Herald

Massachusetts Superintendents Applaud Student Opportunity Act
Cape Cod Today

Editorial: A back-to-school gift for education
Daily Hampshire Gazette

Ed funding bill a big boost for city students
Dorchester Reporter

LISTEN

Widespread praise for ed funding bill
The Codcast

WATCH

Senator Lewis on the Student Opportunity Act
Facebook Live

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