Sonia Chang-Díaz's statement on the MA Supreme Court's decision to block the Fair Share Amendment

Jun 18, 2018

If anyone tells you that today’s Supreme Court decision means the end of the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) bill, they haven’t read the bill. The FBRC gave us the blueprint we need today – to accurately understand the problems facing our classrooms and to establish a process to flexibly address them over time. We currently have a nearly $900 million surplus and the Legislature has already taken some incremental steps toward filling the gaps. But right now we are doing this ad hoc, without a plan, and without ensuring the funds are going to the schools that most need relief.

We can’t only support public education when it’s easy. This isn’t a fair-weather enterprise. There is no magical revenue stream coming any time soon. Yet, we still have a constitutional and moral responsibility to provide every single child in Massachusetts with a quality education, regardless of zip code. We’re currently failing to do that. It’s on the Legislature and the Governor to act on the sensible roadmap that they asked for and that the commission delivered three years ago.

- Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Second Suffolk District

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Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, a former Education Committee chair and a leader on education funding reform, said, “This bill stands as our commitment that, in Massachusetts, zip code must not be destiny.”

"Our session today continues nearly a half-century of work for educational equity. And this bill would not exist without the generations of Bay Staters who tirelessly and passionately kept the cause alive. Who saw the work ahead and never gave up, even when political insiders believed the issue was dead."

Fulfilling the promise of public education as the great equalizer is our next big goal. Bay Staters believe in it. It’s a goal our constitution anchors us to. Now, that collective effort in advocating, crafting policy, and working together has given us a chance to deliver on it.

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