You might remember that the foundation formula came out of a lawsuit filed on behalf of children in Massachusetts whose education was not being equitably funded.
Children from places like Worcester.
There's a reason why communities like Worcester get more funding from the state: there's a greater proportion of need in urban communities.
So a flat increase in ed funding necessarily is regressive, and contrary to the very reason why we have a foundation formula.
Unfortunately, the House Ways and Means much-touted $40/student increase is exactly that.The below chart from Mass Budget and Policy tells the story:
Call your reps!