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Early Education & Care
Declines in Spending on Early Education & Care in MassachusettsJanuary 16, 2013
Under pressure from the recession and the large revenue losses that followed the tax cuts of the late 1990s and early 2000s, spending on early education and care has fallen by 25% since 2001.
Quality Early Education & Care helps prepare kids for success in school and in life. The House budget would cut funding for Early Ed. & Care by $11 million--on top of the already-steep cuts that have been made since 2001.
Quality Early Education & Care can help prepare children for success in school and in life--while also giving parents the flexibility they need to find and keep jobs. This brief discusses the different ways our Commonwealth invests in Early Education & Care.
Economic Gains from Early Education & CareJanuary 16, 2013
K-12 and Higher Ed.
Twenty years ago this week, Massachusetts remade its education system to help ensure that all children across the Commonwealth would have the opportunity to thrive. "Ed Reform at Twenty" describes the new approach to education funding that anchored the 1993 law. It also discusses some of the options for future reform.
Higher Learning, Lower Funding: The Decline in Support for Higher Education in MassachusettsOctober 2, 2013 (updated October 4, 2013)
Higher education is vital to economic prosperity, and it serves as the critical final step for students advancing through our state education system. Massachusetts is one of the states that has cut funding most severely, allowing out-of-pocket student costs to rise.
In Massachusetts we invest a below-average share of our state's economic resources in public education. K-12 education spending as a percent of state personal income is 3.97 percent in Massachusetts compared to 4.12 percent nationwide.