Raise the foundation budget in Massachusetts in Rhode Island for two Core Education items: in-district and out-of-district special education, by attending budget and tax meetings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and presenting at the expo the following reasons for the legislature to move forward. In Rhode Island, the number of children receiving special education was the highest in the country in 2009 and in 2010, 17% of RI school aged children qualified for special education enrollment.In Massachusetts, the actual spending budget for special education teachers both in and out of district, exceeded the annual foundation budget issued by the state for FY 10. This gap between foundation and actual spending for Special Education in Mass has been on the rise over the past several years.
To implement this: 1. See an increase in the CORE foundation budget for Mass. and Rhode Island for FY 20132. See the gap between the foundation budget and actual spending lowered in both states when a spending report is published for FY 2013.