Local Aid and Reimbursements in FY15 Budget

This morning, Governor Patrick signed the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget (visible but not finalized here in the form of the legislature’s conference committee report), returning a veto message that did not include any vetoes to local aid.

The local aid numbers adopted by a joint local aid resolution earlier this year still stand with regard to unrestricted general government aid and Chapter 70 money.

Other local aid priorities were funded in the following ways:

* The special education circuit breaker line item (line item 7061-0012) was funded at $257,513,275, considered full funding.

* Charter school reimbursement (line item 7061-9010) was funded at $80,000,000, or $33 million short of full funding.

* Reimbursement of transportation of homeless students pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Act (line item 7035-0008) was funded at $7,350,000, or $7.5 million short of full funding.

* Line item 7061-0011 provides at least $350,000 to assist Watertown with placements of students at the Perkins School for the Blind in a reserve designed to

provide extraordinary relief to school districts whose special education costs exceed 30 per cent of the total district costs and whose tuition and other circuit-breaker eligible costs forĀ  placements at an approved private school located within the district exceed both $1,000,000 and 25 per cent of all tuition and otherĀ  circuit-breaker eligible costs for placements at approved private schools.


Anne Johnson Landry
Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger

Published by Anne Johnson Landry

Anne works as Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor to Senator Brownsberger.