State Senator Nick Collins and State Representative David Biele joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature and Governor Baker to announce that local municipalities and school districts will not face cuts in state Chapter 70 education funding or in local aid to cities and towns municipalities for fiscal year 2021.
The Commonwealth will maintain funding for unrestricted general government aid for cities and towns at last year’s levels. The state will also fund Chapter 70 aid for schools and education at no less that last year’s funding. Equally important, this funding commitment for education will also take into account inflation and changes in enrollment, providing an additional $107 million in state aid for education.
Locally, these commitments will provide the City of Boston with over $221 million in Chapter 70 funding for education and over $201 million in unrestricted general government aid.
“During these challenging times, it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the fundamental responsibility to provide equitable funding so that all our children have access to a quality education,” said Senator Collins. “I am proud to stand up and fight for this funding, and will continue to support our schools, teachers, and students who most need assistance.”
“As we continue to face challenges brought on by COVID-19, this commitment to maintain funding for education and local aid will help cities and towns meet their immediate needs and support our schools,” said Rep. Biele. “This funding will help provide some stability during these uncertain times, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in government to support our communities.”
In addition to maintaining state funding for local aid and education, school districts and municipalities have also received $1 billion in assistance to respond to COVID-19.