School Finance: Chapter 70 Program
FY18 Preliminary Chapter 70 Aid and Net School Spending Requirements
January 25, 2017
Pursuant to section 6 of chapter 70 of the General Laws, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education is issuing the preliminary estimates of Chapter 70 school aid and net school spending requirements for FY18. These estimates are based on House 1, Governor Baker's proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year. The proposal increases aid from $4,628,013,619 to $4,719,407,241, an increase of $91 million or 2 percent.
These are preliminary estimates subject to change as the House and Senate deliberate on the budget. Our purpose in providing these estimates at this time is to assist cities, towns and regional school districts in their budget preparations for FY18. We advise you to construct your local budgets with sufficient flexibility to accommodate the changes that typically occur in the state budget process. The Commissioner will issue the final, official school spending requirements as soon as the Governor and Legislature approve either the FY18 state budget or an earlier local aid resolution.
Here are some of the key points about the proposal:
- The aggregate wealth model used in the formula since FY07 continues to be in effect. For municipalities with required contributions above their targets, the equity component of the formula is reduced by 85% of the gap.
- 92 operating districts receive foundation aid to ensure that they do not fall below their foundation budgets.
- Foundation budgets are increased by an inflation factor of 1.11 percent.
- Enrollment increased by 0.13 percent; forty-four percent of districts saw increases of as much as 31 percent.
- Economically disadvantaged enrollment continues to be used in lieu of free and reduced price lunch data, which is no longer available for all districts as a result of districts' participation in the USDA's Community Eligibility Program.
- In response to the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, the "benefits and fixed charges" rate was increased such that an additional $66 million is invested in district foundation budgets.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has prepared the following materials to assist local officials in understanding the state aid calculations and local contribution requirements in this year's Chapter 70 program:
Summary chart, showing foundation enrollment, foundation budget, Chapter 70 aid, and required local contributions for each school district.
Summary chart for regional school districts, showing foundation enrollment and required local contribution for each member of the district.
Powerpoint presentation, describing the major components of the formula.
White paper, describing the major components of the formula in greater detail.
Complete formula spreadsheet, showing the detailed calculations for each municipality and district.
Questions about the Chapter 70 program should be directed to: