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MA Educators: Thumbs-Up to Budget, Looking Forward to Reform

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 By Kevin Clay/Chris Thomas, Contact
March 5, 2007

Educators are on the edge of their seats waiting to see Governor's education reform package, and in the meantime, they give his budget a thumbs-up. The budget added 200 million more dollars into K through 12 education. Glen Koocher, director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, says it'll take more than that to bring school funding to where it needs to be. But considering the state's budget deficit, he says it's a step in the right direction.

"We understand that that money's not there, and we understand that there are a lot of legitimate competing interests for it, so we hope this will be the first step on a long road to full and adequate funding."

Laurie Bennett, director of Stand for Children, hopes education reform can stop the constant shortfalls districts face every year.

"We need to look at the cost of delivering education along with serious efforts to develop funding sources for that education, and we're really looking forward to learning more about the Governor's leadership vision for education reform."

More aid is necessary to meet state and federal educational mandates. The Governor is expected to unveil his education reform program in the next two to three months.

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