Governor Patrick Calls for More Expanded-Time Schools
Today, Governor Deval Patrick called for an additional $70 million, including $5 million in FY14, investment to strengthen and expand learning time for middle school students in high-need schools across the Commonwealth. This proposal builds on the evidence of over 90 expanded-time schools across the state, including 19 schools in the MA ELT Initiative as well as charter, turnaround, and pilot schools. By continuing to invest in expanding learning time, the state will ensure that students in its highest poverty communities have the time and resources they need for the high-quality, well-rounded education they deserve.
The announcement is part of a larger education investment package Governor Patrick is proposing that totals approximately $550 million in its first year and increases nearly $1 billion annually over the next four years. The Governor's announcement is the first step in the annual budget process that will continue next week when the Patrick administration proposes its FY14 budget proposal. The Legislature will then begin considering its budget recommendations for the next fiscal year, and we look forward to working with leaders in both the House of Representatives and Senate throughout that process.