State Policy

Acting on the recommendations of the New Opportunity to Lead, MBAE and the businesses it represents are focused on the following priorities.

Equitable and Effective School Funding

MBAE supports an update to the state’s school funding formula that connects additional resources with reforms that ensure investments in education are being used effectively to close achievement and skills gaps. Legislative focus on school funding challenges provides a rare opportunity to rethink not just how much new money to allocate, but also how these funds should be used. MBAE advocated for these changes as a voting member of the state’s Foundation Budget Review Commission, charged with reviewing and recommending updates to the state’s school funding formula.

Read our position on Senate Bill 2525 here.

Read more about the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission here.

Learn about a new school funding approach that could serve as a model for Mass. here.

Preventing Backsliding on Successful Education Reforms

An effort is underway to roll back reforms that led Massachusetts students to first in the nation in achievement. MBAE is working to defeat any legislation that moves Massachusetts backward.

Increasing School Leader Autonomy and Flexibility

MBAE supports giving school leaders, particularly in low-income and struggling districts, the authority and flexibility they need to innovate and decide how to meet the needs and aspirations of their students on a daily basis. Evidence shows that schools that have the freedom to make staffing, curriculum and budgeting decisions are best positioned to improve learning.
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