State could boost family housing if it commited more funding to schools

Thanks to Frank Riepe for making the connection between school funding and the lack of family housing (“To progress on affordable housing, lawmakers must see to school funding,” Letters, Jan. 24).

Families with children are an important part of the vitality and future of cities. But some communities fear that increasing the number of children will drive up school budgets.

When state aid for schools is inadequate, local property taxes have to make up the difference. Some communities create zoning that restricts housing for families with children.


Governor Baker’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal represents the fourth time his administration has given local schools a tiny increase, less than the growth in state revenues. Adjusted for inflation, state funding of our schools is actually below what it was in 2002.

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If the state lived up to its obligations and funded our schools adequately, we could have more family housing.

Senator Pat Jehlen

Democrat of Somerville