We stand up for a Massachusetts where everyone gets a fair shot, does and pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.
When doing line-item vetoes, Gov. Charlie Baker including specific cuts targeting early education and care.
We are Massachusetts Fair Share believe cutting funding for early education is short sighted. We urge lawmakers to overrides Gov. Charlie Baker’s line item vetoes targeting early education, which would result in a $17.5 million drop in investment.
We’re currently working to rally support from the public against these cuts. You can add your voice to our campaign here.
Massachusetts should lead on education, but when it comes to early education we’re falling behind. While states like Oklahoma offer a free year of early education to every child, Massachusetts has repeatedly cut funding for these critical programs.
Since 2001, early education and out-of-school-time programs have lost more than $148 million in state funding, adjusting for inflation. There were modest gains in this year’s budget, but if we don’t override the cuts from Gov. Baker, we’ll continue to undermine early learning programs.
The research is clear – kids who receive a high-quality early age graduate from high school and college at higher rates, and are less likely to be incarcerated or rely on public assistance. It is incredibly short-sighted to cut early education. It just means more costs down the line.
Among the cuts to the program are $7.5 million in cuts to early education salaries, which is especially troubling. Early educators have already borne the brunt of 15 years of cuts. As a result, the field is in crisis, with a 30% turnover rate in the workforce.
We can do better. Every child deserves the same strong start.