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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

FY2011 House Ways & Means Budget

To:Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner
Date:April 15, 2010

This afternoon the House Committee on Ways and Means released its Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Recommendations, House #4600 to the House of Representatives. The FY2011 House Ways and Means Budget is scheduled for debate by the House of Representatives starting the week of April 26.

The House Ways and Means Committee members have recommended a total budget for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) of $4.280 billion. This amount reflects a decrease of $16 million below the Department's FY2010 projected spending of $4.3 billion, after all of the 9C budget cuts. The House Ways and Means budget represents a $199 million decrease from the Governor's House 2 Budget.

The attached chart Download MS EXCEL Document lists all of the Department's accounts in numeric order. The columns include FY2009 DESE budget, the FY10 DESE appropriations after the 9C cuts, the FY11 House 2 budget (the Governor's budget proposal), the FY11 House Ways & Means budget, and the variance between the two FY11 budget proposals.

The majority of accounts have been decreased compared to the FY11 House 2 budget. Following are the major accounts that have significant cuts:

  • Chapter 70 is reduced by $197 million;
  • Expanded Learning Time is reduced by $755,000;
  • Consolidated Literacy Program is reduced by $1.07 million and $800,000 has been budgeted back to Bay State Learning
  • Educator Quality & Accountability line item is reduced by $117,000
  • Student Assessment line item has been reduced by $105,500, and,
  • Department's Administration line item has been reduced by $138,000.

If you have any questions regarding this budget, please feel free to call me.

Download MS EXCEL Document
FY2011 House Ways & Means Budget Proposal: Line-by-Line of DESE Proposed Budget


Last Updated: April 20, 2010
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