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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2169         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1931


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 an improving the calculation of foundation budgets.






Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2169        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1931

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 1931) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others relative to an the calculation of foundation budgets.  Education.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



Resolve relative to an 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 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 senate, 2 of whom shall be appointed by the senate president, and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate minority leader;  the Secretary of Administration and Finance or their designee; the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education or their 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 one months after the passage of this act.

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