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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Goal to aid every household for online learning met


Mayor Isko Moreno

We in the city government of Manila are thankful to God and so glad that our goal of providing one tablet per household in the entire city had been met in no time.

The recipients are students from the city’s public elementary and high schools or those from Kindergarten to Grade 12, to aid them as the educational system transitions to the blended, distant learning scheme under the continuing pandemic.

The gadgets come with free SIM cards that would be loaded with 10gb every month and are being lent to the students who will have to return them eventually, so that other students may be able to use them, too.

The city government of Manila purchased a total of 137,210 tablets for the students, along with 11,000 laptops for teachers who were also given free pocket Wi-Fi units.

This, we made in response to a

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Everything Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Financial Aid and Student Loans


Families across the nation spent $30,017 on college costs for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to Sallie Mae’s How America Pays For College 2020 study – and plenty have received financial help.

The first step for high school seniors who plan on attending college and need help paying for it is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available on Oct. 1. The form is used by the federal government, states and colleges to award a wide array of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans.

For many families with not enough money saved for college, and a shortage of grants and scholarships to cover college costs, tough decisions will need to be made about about whether or not to take out student loans and for how much, as well as whether the high cost of college is worth paying off debt for decades.


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