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Education Justice

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Find out how you can support

in the time of coronavirus

Education Justice

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Students, parents educators, and community leaders know there’s an urgent public education funding crisis facing Massachusetts.

Our grassroots campaign successfully passed legislation providing $2 billion a year in additional funding for our public schools — and a brighter future for our students. We are now fighting to restore $600 million in state funding for our community colleges, state universities and UMass.

The global coronavirus emergency is changing how we live our lives every day, and public education is no exception. With the rapid changes happening daily, we need to act now to Ensure Equity and Resources in Learning in our schools and colleges, Cancel Student Debt to relieve financial pressure on borrowers and stimulate the economy, and Cancel the MCAS to let teachers and students focus on staying healthy and sustaining our educational system. 

We also need action to protect workers, our families, and our communities. Read the full statement from MEJA on Education Justice During the Coronavirus Crisis and find out what you can do to help.

Higher Ed Funding

Funding for public higher education in MA has been cut by 31 percent since 2001, shifting the cost of education onto students and families.

The Cherish Act would increase state per student funding for public higher education back to 2001 levels over five years, an increase of $600 million. It would also freeze tuition in fees every year that state funding targets are met.

PreK-12 Funding

The Student Opportunity Act provides a major infusion of new funding to Massachusetts public schools.

Low-income students, students of color and English learners, who have been left behind by an outdated system, are the primary beneficiaries of the new law.

Take Action

Urge your legislators to reverse years of underfunding of our public colleges and universities.

Higher Ed Funding

Funding for public higher education in MA has been cut by 31 percent since 2001, shifting the cost of education onto students and families.

The Cherish Act would increase state per student funding for public higher education back to 2001 levels over five years, an increase of $600 million. It would also freeze tuition in fees every year that state funding targets are met.

PreK-12 Funding

The Student Opportunity Act provides a major infusion of new funding to Massachusetts public schools.

Low-income students, students of color and English learners, who have been left behind by an outdated system, are the primary beneficiaries of the new law.

latest news

  • As a public school parent, I regularly have to donate money so my daughter’s classroom can have basic supplies like tissues and markers. She’s never been to the library at her middle school because there's no money for a librarian.

    Ricardo Rosa Parent in New Bedford and Professor at UMass Dartmouth
  • For decades, Massachusetts has failed to address the persistent education inequality that often exists between students in one community and those in the city or town right next door. I’ve taught in both Worcester and Weston, and I’ve seen firsthand the difference between a well-funded school district and one that doesn’t receive adequate funding.

    Zena Link Public School Teacher
  • Education is the most precious resource in a democracy. Together we can take back our schools and colleges.

    Merrie Najimy President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • As a public school parent, I regularly have to donate money so my daughter’s classroom can have basic supplies like tissues and markers. She’s never been to the library at her middle school because there's no money for a librarian.

    Ricardo Rosa Parent in New Bedford and Professor at UMass Dartmouth
  • For decades, Massachusetts has failed to address the persistent education inequality that often exists between students in one community and those in the city or town right next door. I’ve taught in both Worcester and Weston, and I’ve seen firsthand the difference between a well-funded school district and one that doesn’t receive adequate funding.

    Zena Link Public School Teacher
  • Education is the most precious resource in a democracy. Together we can take back our schools and colleges.

    Merrie Najimy President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
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