Mass. public school advocates have large incentive to lobby for education funding bill

June 18, 2019 | Mass Live

Teachers, mayors, parents and public education advocates have launched a massive organizing effort to lobby lawmakers to reject an education funding bill proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, in favor of one sponsored by several Democratic lawmakers. Hundreds of supporters of the so-called PROMISE Act have shown up at a legislative hearing, press conferences and rallies with prominent supporters.

A new study by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center shows exactly why the coalition is pushing so hard. The difference between the two bills, according to the left-leaning think tank, is $946 million.

“It’s a very significant difference,” said Colin Jones, senior policy analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the lead author of the report.

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