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Governor Patrick Announces FY ’14 Budget – No Tuition Rate Freeze!!

TO:                  maaps Members

FROM:                        Lauren Burm

Today, Governor Patrick released his proposed FY ’14 state budget that includes $34.8 billion in spending that relies on $1.2 billion in new tax revenue to support investments in education and transportation. Under the budget proposal, Chapter 70 funding for local school districts would increase by $226 million to $4.39 billion.

The Governor’s proposed budget funds the special education circuit breaker account at $230 million, which is an $11.5 million decrease from the FY’13 levels.  Additionally, Chapter 766 school tuition rates have not been frozen.  According to state statue, the Operational Services Division now has until, Friday, February 1st to set a new tuition rate. Once we get word on the new rates – we will inform you.

We would like to thank the Governor for not freezing Chapter 766 tuition rates. This brings us one step closer to ensuring that Chapter 766 schools have the resources that they need to meet the ever changing needs of the children that they serve.

We do however, need to work together to equalize the funding for special needs schools by advocating to increase the funding for the special education “circuit breaker” account to $$255.5 million. This will ensure that the account is fully funded and can provide the financial support that cities and towns need.

At this time, there is no action needed. We will be in touch after February 1st to let you know if any action is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 781-245-1220 x. 209 or lburm@maaps.org.