The chart below shows major local aid program data for Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge. Note that for Fiscal 2012, the budget includes a mechanism that may restore cuts in Unrestricted General Government Aid if sufficient reverted funds are available from Fiscal 2011 accounts. Click for the same data in excel spreadsheet form. FY12 Budget — […]
The chapter 70 formula is shaped first by the constitutional mandate to equalize educational opportunity. So, the communities with lowest property wealth and incomes receive the greatest aid. Additionally, since 2006, an effort has been made to bring all communities up to at least 17.5% of their “foundation budget”. The foundation budget is a low […]
The Unrestricted General Government Aid category, which has superseded Additional Assistance and the Lottery program, is a less a program than a list of aid amounts. There is no agreed underlying formula. It was first generated for fiscal 2010 and the Governor has proposed to hold it constant in fiscal 2011. To some extent, UGGA […]
Communities perceived to have more ability to fund services on their own — i.e., having higher per capita income and property values – receive less aid under the Chapter 70 education formula. Since that formula is now the principal conduit for state aid, total state aid tilts more heavily towards poorer communities than it did […]
In 1993, the Supreme Judicial Court mandated that the state equalize education spending across districts, so that all children would have access to a good basic education. Since then, state aid has shifted from an even balance of general government aid and education aid towards a heavy emphasis on education aid. The education aid formula […]
I applaud your efforts toward transparency re: state contracting. I am a bit concerned, however, re: transparency as understood by the Pioneer Institute.