By: Samantha Tingue
On April 10, the House Ways and Means Committee released a budget proposal for the fiscal year 2015. The budget shaved off almost $200 million from Governor Deval Patrick’s Plan, but also added money for local aid and a minimal Chapter 70 increase of $25 per student for the city of Attleboro.
Although the House plans involve a $125 million increase in local aid funding, there is an insufficient amount of money funding the Attleboro school system.
I am 50/50 about this budget proposal on whether or not the city provides enough financial assistance to aid local organizations and facilities, which essentially takes away from the funds of the educational systems.
On one hand, I believe that is it really good to focus more on the community and on providing local aid to facilities such as nursing homes and social services, that generally do not get paid enough attention to, but this may prove to be a burden on the financial needs of the educational system.
Giving more money to departments that deal with rehabilitation and families is an excellent way of improving our community and bettering the lives of future generations.
On the other side, removing funds from our school systems, in order to provide local aid for other systems, is essentially hurting the educational system, which makes our community great.
By not funding the requested budget for Attleboro, schools may be forced to make major cuts in specific areas such as after school activities or teachers. This affects a student’s ability to learn, as well as a teacher’s ability to provide their students with the tools necessary to succeed.
Without a doubt, no matter how the House handles funds and aid, our school systems will continue to pull the “short end of the stick.” Money will continue to remain the driving force in how we live our lives.