The House budget finalized earlier this week proposed a $40.3 billion budget that includes support for Chapter 766 (C766) school students, teachers, staff and families! The House budget also proposed a 2.2 percent increase in Chapter 70 education aid and a 3.9 percent unrestricted local aid increase to cities, towns and school districts.
This is great news–and we owe a great amount of thanks to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Chairman Brian Dempsey, House Ways & Means Committee members and to so many of our partners in the House of Representatives! We also thank YOU for continuing your advocacy through the maaps Action Network and helping us to share with legislators the impact of C766 schools for the exceptional students they serve. Thank you for all you do!
We are also happy to share with you that the House Budget also proposed a $4 million increase for the Special Education Circuit Breaker Account over the Governor’s budget recommendation to $281.3 million. We worked with Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenberg) to file an amendment to ensure full-funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker account at $297.3 million, projected by the Coalition for Special Education Funding, of which maaps is a member. Unfortunately, the amendment amount was not adopted. However, we will work with the Senate during their budget process to try to secure the full amount.
Full-funding of the Special Education Circuit Breaker line-item supports students across the Commonwealth by helping to defray the costs to local school districts for providing legally mandated special education supports and services to students with special needs. It specifically allows local school districts to meet the needs of the increasing number of children with medical health needs, autism and neurological disabilities, to name a few.
Thank you very much again for continuing your advocacy for maaps member schools in next year’s state budget and for being a valued member of the maaps Action Network! We’ll continue to keep you updated as the budget process unfolds, but please feel free to contact Jim Daiute, maaps Director of Government Affairs and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.