Fund Our Future is a grassroots campaign with the goal of passing legislation to increase state funding for public education by more than $1.5 billion a year — more than $1 billion for public schools and more than $500 million for public higher education.
- An Urgent Crisis: We are in an education funding crisis across the board. Our public schools and colleges are falling apart and lacking essential programs. Some public schools have no librarian, no full-time nurse, limited art and music programs, inadequate counseling services, and crumbling classrooms and buildings. Massachusetts has the fastest-growing public college costs and second-fastest growing student debt burden in the nation. Buildings on campuses across the state are crumbling. Many adjunct faculty and college staff make poverty wages. Students can’t wait any longer for lawmakers to address this crisis.
- Equity and Fairness for Every Student: We must end systemic underfunding in Gateway Cities, low-income urban and rural communities, and districts that primarily serve students of color. These cities and towns cannot afford to raise local property taxes to make up for the shortfall in state education funding. It is outrageous that some students don’t even have the essentials, while others do. A new formula that significantly increases state aid to these communities is essential for providing equity and fairness to all students.
- Our Vision for Public Education: Massachusetts has the fastest-growing public college costs in the country, buildings on campuses are crumbling, and many faculty and staff are overworked and underpaid. Studies show that this is a result of huge budget cuts and underfunding of public higher education. We must stop the yearly ritual of tuition and fee hikes for students and families and ensure that every faculty and staff member is respected and paid well.
School Committees And Municipal Boards That Have Passed #FOF Funding Resolutions:
Act on Mass
Alliance for Brookline Schools
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Boston Democratic Socialists of America
Boston Education Justice Alliance
Chinese Progressive Association
College Democrats of Massachusetts
Hampshire Franklin Labor Council
Jewish Labor Committee
La voz de la comunidad – Framingham
Local 26 Unite Here
Lowell Education Justice Alliance
Massachusetts Community Action Network
Massachusetts Voter Table
Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
Pioneer Valley Labor Council
Pioneer Valley Street Heat
Revere Youth in Action
Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Young Democrats of Massachusetts