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 DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. MBAE will meet growing calls for increased funding with proposals that ensure any new funding goes toward initiatives that have the greatest impact on improving student learning and closing achievement gaps.

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.

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES TO EARN INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS IN HIGH SCHOOL. MBAE is working to make it easier for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials that employers identify as high value and high need.

CLOSING THE DIGITAL EQUITY GAP. High demand for technology jobs creates excellent opportunities for students to secure positions that pay family-sustaining wages. MBAE is leading the charge to increase the number of underserved students participating in computer science courses and attaining the experience and credentials they need to secure jobs in related fields.

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.

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