August 1, 2018

Teachers, parents blast Legislature for inaction on school funding

Read the entre article by James Vaznis on the Boston Globe.

Teachers, parents, and advocates blasted the Legislature on Wednesday for failing to overhaulthe state’s antiquated education funding formula, potentially denying millions of dollars in additional aid to local schools while fanning momentum for a school-funding lawsuit.

Many placed blame squarely on House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s leadership team, accusing them of blocking any resolution to the demands to overhaul the funding formula, and vowed they would not give up their quest for more money.

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“We see this stalemate as an example of what happens when teachers are denied a seat at the table,” said Brandy Fluker-Oakley, executive director of Educators for Excellence-Boston, a teacher-led advocacy organization. “The conferees do not see the urgency of what is at stake — English language learners and students from low-income households are being left behind, and we do not have sufficient funding for proper mental health supports and in-school psychologists.”

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