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Speak Up for the Student Opportunity Act

Please act now! We have a once-in-a-generation chance to improve the way public schools are funded in Massachusetts, but your state representative needs to hear from you now!

The Student Opportunity Act would implement the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and increase state education aid to local schools by $1.5 billion over inflation by 2027. The Massachusetts Senate passed it unanimously on Oct. 3, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives is likely voting this month.

Please ask your State Representative to support the Student Opportunity Act as passed by the Senate!

Download a Fact Sheet About the Student Opportunity Act

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Send an email letter to your state representative here:

Send an email letter using the form below to let your state representative know you want them to support students and our public schools.

Draft Letter & Phone Script:

The following is a script you can use to email or call your legislators. Send an email letter using the tool below and click the link to look up your senator’s phone number after you’ve sent your email letter.

Please support the Student Opportunity Act, Vote Yes on Amendments #14, #17, #19, & #61, and Vote No on Amendment #34.

I am a strong supporter of Fund Our Future campaign to increase state funding for local schools, and I am happy to see that the Student Opportunity Act released by the Education Committee would implement the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and increase state education aid to local schools by $1.5 billion over inflation by 2027.

I’m especially glad that the Student Opportunity Act appears to provide millions of dollars more for the highest-poverty districts whose students have the greatest needs, and I hope you will support the bill when it comes up for a vote this week.

However, the bill also includes language that could potentially give unelected state education officials authority to overrule local spending decisions, and fails to address the long-term problem of public school districts that lose significant state funding to charter schools.

I hope you will support the following amendments to the bill (full amendment details in email letter template):

  • #14 (Commission Representatives)
  • #17 (Targeted Improvement Plans)
  • #19 (Charter Cap Reimbursement)
  • #61 (Charter School Reimbursement Accountability)

I also hope you will oppose the following amendment:

  • #34 (Accountability)

Can I count on your support for these amendments and a Yes vote on the bill?

Draft Letter & Phone Script:

The following is a script you can use to email or call your legislators. Send an email letter using the tool to the right and click the link to look up your state representative’s phone number after you’ve sent your email letter.

Please support the Student Opportunity Act!

I am a strong supporter of the Fund Our Future campaign to increase state funding for local schools, and I am delighted to see that the Student Opportunity Act released by the Education Committee and passed by the Senate would implement the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and increase state education aid to local schools by $1.5 billion over inflation by 2027.

I’m especially glad that the Student Opportunity Act provides millions of dollars more for the highest-poverty districts whose students have the greatest needs, and I hope you will support the bill when it comes up for a vote in the House. The bill would deliver the equitable school funding that students and our communities deserve, so that all students in Massachusetts, no matter what community they live in, get the same access to a great public education.

I’m also pleased that the Senate included language in the bill that ensures local community control of our public schools while also providing for improved transparency. The Senate’s amendment makes it clear that local plans to address educational disparities must be developed with input from parents and educators, and that the state’s plan review process cannot be used to withhold state funds from districts.

Can I count on your support for the Student Opportunity Act as passed by the Senate?

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If you don’t know your state representative’s phone number, look it up here:

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