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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2549        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 434


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying resolve:

Resolve relative to improving the calculation of foundation budgets.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason


Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2549        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 434

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 434) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to the calculation of foundation budgets.  Education. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1931 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



Resolve relative to improving the calculation of foundation budgets.


              Resolved, SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a special commission to study and report on ways to improve the calculation of foundation budgets to more adequately reflect the differences between educating a student in an urban community and a suburban or rural community, including the possibility of establishing alternate funding formulas to represent regional differences. The commission shall consist of the following members: the commissioner of education; 3 members of the house of representatives, 2 of whom shall to be appointed by the speaker of the house, and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house; 3 members of the secretary of administration and finance or his designee; the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or his designee; a representative of the Massachusetts municipal association; and a member appointed by the governor. The scope of the commission shall include, but shall not be limited to: researching the adequacy of the current chapter 70 education formula; investigating the financial impact of altering the calculation of the foundation budget on cities and towns and the state budgeting process; analyzing the various factors that contribute to calculating the foundation budgets based upon the unique aspects of the different regions and demographics of the Commonwealth; and the possibility of implementing different foundation budget calculations for different regions of the Commonwealth. The commission shall submit its report to the board of education, the joint committee on education, and the senate and house clerks no later than 6 month after the passage of this act.

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