Chicopee rally highlights funding needs
By Scott McLennan
T he Chicopee Education Association had been engaged in a prolonged and sometimes bitter fight;to;settle;a;contract;when;members
began organizing a march and rally for this fall to
funding for public education.
Throughout the summer, Chicopee educators
contract — reached out to families and community
leaders about attending a rally on Sept. 22. The
level — the level that the state determines represents
“adequate spending” to meet the needs of students.
20 percent above their state-calculated foundation
levels and that the formula used to determine
adequate spending on education had become
comprise the largest unit of the CEA — reached
than the contract,” said CEA President Laura
Chicopee educators have been out front in
committees to pass resolutions demanding that the
state Legislature fully fund public education.
In 2015, the bipartisan Foundation Budget
billion annually because of the outdated formula
used to determine foundation budgets. In the case
began at Chicopee High School and proceeded to