Review Commission’s findings. Senator Sonia
Chang-Díaz (D-Boston), co-chair of the commission,
said the commission determined that “the way the
state calculates a district’s foundation budget —
the starting point in Massachusetts K- 12 school
financing — understates the cost of educating
students to the tune of at least $1 billion per year.”
Chang-Díaz called the governor’s fiscal 2019
school funding proposal “just plain inadequate.”
Noah Berger, director of the Massachusetts
Budget and Policy Center, told The Boston Globe
that there are some “bright spots” in the governor’s
budget overall, but “we’re in about the best
economic times that we’ve had in a long time, so
this is the kind of time when you’d like to see real
progress on things that improve the lives of ordinary
One area of the education budget did see a
substantial increase: MCAS testing. The MCAS line
item received a $5.1 million boost in the governor’s
budget — a 19 percent hike — for developing new
“This budget looks like a plan to test kids more
and educate them less,” said MTA President Barbara
Madeloni. “We will be fighting the governor’s
education funding priorities as the budget moves
The House and Senate will develop their own
spending proposals before voting on a final budget
before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.
Meanwhile, on the same day Baker released his
budget, the MTA moved to advance one of its own
key priorities on Beacon Hill.
The association hosted an informational
briefing on legislation to guarantee every student in
kindergarten through fifth grade at least 20 minutes a
day of unstructured free-play recess.
The provision is included in two MTA-backed
bills — H.235, filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker
(D-Cambridge), and S.308, filed by Sen. Michael
Decker kicked off the briefing with opening
remarks before Madeloni moderated a panel
discussion on the crucial role that recess plays in
education and child development. The panel included
Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston
Children’s Hospital; Deborah McCarthy, president
of the Hull Teachers Association; and Stephanie
Gray, an education advocate and member of the
Massachusetts PTA Board of Directors.
For details on the governor’s budget, please
go to massteacher.org/bakerbudget. To read about
the MTA’s legislative priorities, please go to
MTA advocates for bills guaranteeing recess
as governor introduces budget proposal
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to be held in April
R egional preconvention meetings have been set for elected delegates to the
2018 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates.
At these preconventions, the delegates will
receive information and materials critical
to their decision-making on organizational
Each meeting is scheduled to begin at
4:30 p.m., with registration starting at 3:30
The following is a list of locations and
dates for the preconventions:
Garden Inn, Marlborough
n Wednesday, April 4: Northeast and Metro
Regions, Four Points by Sheraton, Wakefield
n Tuesday, April 10: Western Region,
Hadley Farms Meeting House, Hadley
n Wednesday, April 11: Southeast Region,
Holiday Inn Taunton-Foxboro Area, Taunton
n Thursday, April 12: Cape Cod and
Islands Region, Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis
The Annual Meeting of Delegates will be
held May 4 and 5 at the Hynes Convention
Center in Boston. Further information will be
provided to delegates as it becomes available.
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