Fund Our Future is a grassroots campaign with the goal of passing legislation to increase state funding for public education by $1.5 billion a year for public schools and $600 million for public higher education.
Students, parents, educators, and community leaders know there’s an urgent public education funding crisis facing Massachusetts.That’s why we’ve proposed legislation to Fund Our Future and are demanding action from our lawmakers for fair and equitable public education for every student in the Commonwealth from Pre-K through College.
The Commonwealth’s public school funding formula is outdated. State Chapter 70 education aid fails to provide local communities with the resources they need to provide their students with the education to which they are entitled. Districts serving low-income students are especially short-changed.
The Student Opportunity Act would change the funding formula to more accurately reflect the true cost of public education, with most of the new funding going to districts with the greatest needs.
Higher Ed Funding
Funding for public higher education in MA has been cut by 31% since 2001, shifting the cost of education onto students and families.
The Cherish Act would address the gap created by underfunding and introduce preventative measures to ensure a strong public higher education system.
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.
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.
Education is the most precious resource in a democracy. Together we can take back our schools and colleges.