There's a petition circulating to call for increased funding for Worcester Public Schools. It reads, in part:
We, the undersigned, call on the Worcester City Council to increase the city’s contribution to the Worcester Public Schools’ budget. We ask the City Council to invest in public education by contributing at least 2% above the minimum required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Communities across the Commonwealth have been routinely increasing their investment in public schools yearly since 1993. Sadly, 1996 was the last year that Worcester played a leading role in this trend. In 1996, the City Council recognized the value of public education and contributed 5.7 percent above the state-mandated minimum to the Worcester Public Schools. Since 1998, the city has consistently contributed less than one percent above minimum.
I've just linked to the online version.
(I'm posting a link to the right, as well.)