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Senate proposal is 'step in right direction'

MTA President Catherine A. Boudreau issued the following statement on May 17 in response to the state Senate budget proposal:

"This proposal provides greater support to both public schools and public higher education than the budget submitted by Governor Mitt Romney. Like the House budget, it is a step in the right direction. It is especially heartening that the Senate proposes to begin reinvesting in our community colleges, state colleges, and the University of Massachusetts.

"With that said, it is important to note that, even with these increases, state support for education, from preschool to graduate school, will remain significantly below where it was in 2002, when adjusted for inflation. We urge the Legislature to restore funds at least to their previous levels in order to assure that Massachusetts can continue to be a national leader in public education.

"We also encourage members of the Senate to use reserve funding in a way that helps provide every school district in Massachusetts with the resources it needs to ensure that students are able to meet state standards.

"Public education is the cornerstone of our economy and our state’s future. It is our hope that the final budget agreed to by the Legislature will make substantial progress toward ensuring opportunity and success for every student in our Commonwealth."