Addressing education inequity requires aligning state aid to community need (Letters)

It was unfortunate to see inaccuracies in a recent article quoting Amherst town budget chief Sean Mangano about our research on equity in state education aid, “School funding report draws town’s criticism,” Oct. 8, page A10. As a regional chamber of commerce and a statewide education advocacy organization, we believe that growing inequality and economic uncertainty necessitates a statewide approach steeped in equity.

Our report shows that 14% of state Chapter 70 aid for schools (almost $800 million a year) is not based on community need. This aid goes predominantly to wealthier communities at the expense of students in less wealthy districts where the state has not fully met its responsibility to fill funding gaps. The Amherst and Amherst-Pelham school districts receive 1 percent or about $7.8 million of that total.

The recommendations in our report redirect $25 million of statewide non-needs-based aid toward communities that need it the most.

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EVERFI Reveals $100 Million Commitment For Addressing Systemic Social Injustice With Free Digital Education For K-12 Schools

  • EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country

EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country. The three-year initiative — which bolsters the company’s founding mission to close education gaps that lead to long-term inequalities — is going to focus on reaching students in the most at-risk high-poverty areas of the U.S. And EVERFI will offer courses in topic areas that address 12 of the most important critical life skills in an effort to create an ecosystem of change. The company’s large catalog of digital learning content on critical life skills is and will

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