A newly released tool from the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) gives families, leaders, and community members the power to compare how much each school in the Commonwealth spends on their students, allowing users to determine whether resources are allocated fairly and to examine the relationship between spending and outcomes. And, the results are spurring a conversation about how much is spent vs. how it is spent.
“The data raises important questions that must be asked and answered. It also confirms what MBAE has been saying—that money alone does not guarantee better outcomes,” executive director Edward Lambert Jr. said in a press release on MBAE’s website.
MBAE found that many schools serving similar populations and spending approximately the same amount per student can achieve dramatically different results.
The analysis also found that extra dollars allocated at the state level for low-income and ELL students aren’t always following the students to the schools they attend. In some districts, the schools serving the most low-income students were spending the least.
“We’ve got to take steps to ensure funding is fairly and equitably distributed,” Lambert said.
A focus on routing dollars to the state’s most underserved students echoes the sentiment from the Number 1 for Some report, published by the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership, including PIE Network members and partners Stand for Children Massachusetts, Teach Plus Massachusetts, Educators for Excellence Boston, The Education Trust, and Massachusetts Parents United. Read more about the partnership and report here.
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