Amherst resolution criticizing Boston-based business groups’ education aid ideas gets push-back

AMHERST – A joint resolution of the town council and local school committee – approved unanimously this week – opposing some of what two Boston-based business advocacy groups propose, to make state Chapter 70 education aid disbursement “equitable,” is getting push-back from the business groups.

Amherst officials say the proposals, if enacted, would wreck their school system with the loss of millions of dollars in state education aid; the business groups say those fears are overblown and the town’s reduction in state aid would only be a fraction of what they claim.

At issue is a report Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must submit to the legislature by Dec. 1.

This is a requirement of the Student Opportunity Act approved by legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last year.

The DESE is now seeking public comment, through Oct. 16, to assist the agency in writing

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