Education activists call on state lawmakers to invest more in public education


BARRY: PARENTS AND TEACHERS FROM ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS GATHERED AT THE STATEHOUSE TODAY.. 22NEWS REPORTER JODI REED IS IN BOSTON WHERE THOSE PARENTS DEMANDED BETTER PUBLIC EDUCATION. JODI REED: MEMBERS OF THE ‘FUND OUR FUTURE’ CAMPAIGN ARE ASKING LAWMAKERS TO REINVEST MORE THAN 500 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE STATE’S K-12 AND PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. ORGANIZERS OF TUESDAY’S EVENT SAID THE MONEY IS NOT JUST NECESSARY, IT’S LONG OVER DUE. WE ARE DEMANDING OUR LAWMAKERS TAKE ACTION, TIMES UP! AMONG THE MANY PROBLEMS MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL CHILDREN FACE; CLASSROOM OVERCROWDING, ACCESS TO TEACHERS, AND A LACK OF SCHOOL RESOURCES. SOME K-12 CHILDREN HAVE NO ACCESS TO A SCHOOL LIBRARY, AND IF THEY DO, THEY AREN’T ALLOWED TO BRING THE BOOKS HOME. YEAR BY YEAR, NOTHING SIGNIFICANT CHANGES BECAUSE OF BUDGET RESTRICTIONS. WE CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR. MASSACHUSETTS CITIES AND TOWNS HAVE TRIED TO RAISE TAXES TO MAKE UP FOR THE BUDGET SHORTFALLS.. BUT, LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES DON’T HAVE THAT OPTION, LEAVING MANY STUDENTS LACKING THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. JODI REED: THE GROUP, ‘FUND OUR FUTURE’ IS CALLING ON STATE LEGISLATORS TO MAKE SCHOOL FUNDING THEIR TOP PRIOITY WHEN THEY RETURN TO WORK IN JANUARY. AT THE STATEHOUSE IN BOSTON, JODI REED 22NEWS.

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