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Chapter 70 Aid and Related Programs

7061-0008

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $4,746,953,715 $4,746,953,715
FY17 $4,731,634,488 $4,628,013,618
FY16 $4,698,605,574 $4,511,882,199
FY15 $4,613,585,832 $4,400,696,186
FY14 $4,541,609,590 $4,301,214,591
FY13 $4,475,293,650 $4,173,532,545
FY12 $4,354,351,736 $3,993,515,799
FY11 $4,572,337,257 $4,073,796,736
FY10 $4,626,671,202 $4,042,022,844
FY09 $4,564,480,376 $3,948,824,059
FY08 $4,366,848,515 $3,725,671,328
FY07 $4,261,235,500 $3,505,520,040
FY06 $4,101,857,475 $3,288,931,062
FY05 $4,120,071,027 $3,183,282,601
FY04 $4,143,683,089 $3,108,140,588
FY03 $4,440,600,701 $3,258,969,179
FY02 $4,482,790,615 $3,219,017,737
FY01 $4,239,693,275 $2,991,481,788
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for Chapter 70 Aid and Related Programs
8.7%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Funding for Payments to Certain Schools and Enrollment Growth Aid were incorporated into the Chapter 70 line item in FY03.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Chapter 70 aid is the state program that distributes funding to support to the state's 326 local and regional school districts. With over $4.5 billion in funding, Chapter 70 aid is by far the largest K-12 education-related line item in the state budget.

Chapter 70 education aid is distributed through a formula intended to ensure that each school district has sufficient resources to provide an adequate education for all of its students. The formula takes into account the ability of each local government to contribute and the demographic profile of students served. The formula is designed to have an equalizing effect, with less wealthy districts receiving more state aid than wealthier ones.

The Chapter 70 formula was created by the Education Reform Act of 1993, landmark legislation that responded to growing concerns about school funding adequacy and equity in Massachusetts. The Chapter 70 funding system is a part of the education reforms that facilitated Massachusetts becoming a national leader in education, while also reaching achievement levels competitive with international peers.

Prior to the Education Reform Act, the state contributed much less money to K-12 education, leaving school districts more dependent on local property taxes to fund their schools. This situation placed students from low-income communities at a disadvantage because these cities and towns have less ability to contribute to their schools. The Education Reform Act included a commitment to increase the total amount of education aid significantly over the 1990s and to distribute this aid more progressively through the Chapter 70 formula.

Updated June 2015

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $4,746,953,715 $4,746,953,715
FY18 Leg $4,746,953,715 $4,746,953,715
FY18 Sen $4,756,814,887 $4,756,814,887
FY18 SWM $4,756,814,887 $4,756,814,887
FY18 Hou $4,734,405,553 $4,734,405,553
FY18 HWM $4,734,405,553 $4,734,405,553
FY18 Gov $4,719,407,242 $4,719,407,242
FY17 $4,731,634,488 $4,628,013,618

Notes

  • Funding for Payments to Certain Schools and Enrollment Growth Aid were incorporated into the Chapter 70 line item in FY03.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.