Letters

Letters

We have to be able to measure the impact of our school spending

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education helped develop the foundation budget for school spending and agrees it needs updating, coupled with reforms that address our failure to close racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps and a widening college and workforce readiness gap (“Seize the moment on new education bill,” Editorial, May 14).

The alliance supports changes to the funding system to ensure that state funds allocated for needier students are actually spent on those students; to give school leaders more control over how money is spent in their building to address their students’ unique needs; to require evaluation of where funds are effective and where they are not; and to focus on achieving desired outcomes rather than sustaining unproductive programs.

Without connection to results, our state’s student-based budgeting approach may get funds to the right place but without the ability to determine whether those resources are having the intended benefits for students or need to be redirected. We must employ the best methods available to assess the relationship between educational investments and educational outcomes.

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The current debate gives lawmakers the opportunity to look beyond immediate budget relief to how educators can be given the training and autonomy to deploy resources to educate every child for success in the 21st century.

Linda M. Noonan

Executive director

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Boston