On July 31, 2019, Governor Baker signed the FY20 state budget that authorizes $5,176,002,652 in Chapter 70 education aid to Massachusetts school districts. This budget increases aid by $269 million or 5.5 percent over FY19. Every operating district receives at least $30 in additional aid per student.
The foundation budget inflation rate is 3.75 percent and some rates are increased by additional amounts in the areas described below. For FY20, 144 operating districts receive aid increases so that they can keep pace with increases in their foundation budgets.
The FY20 budget implements foundation budget rate increases toward multiyear goals in the four areas identified by the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC). These changes include:
Other highlights of the FY20 program:
In addition to the changes to the Chapter 70 program described above, the charter tuition and reimbursement program is restructured:
DESE 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 contributions 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.
FY20 charter school tuition and enrollment projections
Questions about the Chapter 70 program should be directed to:
Last Updated: July 31, 2019
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
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