State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) issued the following statement after two of his educational funding amendments were brought up during Wednesday’s budget debate.
As a descendent of Horace Mann, I have always been a proud proponent of public education and a strong supporter of our education system here in the Commonwealth. That is why I proposed two amendments which would have maintained the Massachusetts educational financial structure, and keep the students it serves on the cutting edge of what we have to offer. First, I proposed a foundation budget amendment which would keep a simple promise made by our government.
This would ensure all school districts received the 17.5 percent minimum state local aid. As of right now I represent three towns who are not yet at the 17.5 percent minimum state aid level: Needham (16 percent), Sherborn (13.1 percent) and Wayland (14.1 percent).
Second, I proposed that we reactivate the dormant foundation budget review commission so that we may ensure that our children continue to receive the greatest education that our tax dollars can provide. Although neither amendment was adopted, I am hopeful the legislature will keep education funding a top priority moving forward.