House budget skimps on education

This year’s state budget process has moved to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and like the governor’s budget, the House version does not include funding promised in the Student Opportunity Act for the second year in a row, leaving educators to wonder when the $1.5 billion signed by the governor in 2019 will come to fruition.

The $4.76 billion House budget increases the governor’s overall budget proposal by $1.8 billion and proposes a $220 million increase to Chapter 70 education funding.

In the meantime, the city of Boston is making its own investments to supply extra support to schools, and House legislators have proposed $40 million in other funding to make up for the lack of Student Opportunity Act funds.

This is happening amid a long-term decrease in Chapter 70 funding over time, says city of Boston Chief Financial Officer Justin Sterritt.

“Traditionally, and historically, the dynamic

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