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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Support "Outside Section 262" to Fund Access to Special Education Schools

From maaps
The MA Association of 766-Approved Private Schools

July 1, 2014

Last night, the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee released its Fiscal Year 2015 (FY ’15) state budget accord, and the two branches plan to meet today to give final approval to the $36.5 billion spending plan. The legislation includes a provision, Outside Section 262, which allows for tuition rate increases for Chapter 766 approved schools.

While the budget does not contain the Senate’s full-funding of $260.4 million for the special education circuit breaker account requested by the Coalition to Fund Special Education, it does include $257.5 million for this important line-item, a 1.86% increase from last year.

After receiving final approval later today, the budget will be sent to Governor Deval Patrick’s desk for approval. The Governor will have 10 days to review the budget and take action to either approve or veto specific line-items within the budget.

Maaps is once again seeking your help to ask Governor Patrick to support Outside Section 262 which provides critically needed operating revenue for special education schools and students.

Why do you need to ask Governor Patrick to support Outside Section 262? Because $26.5 million is at stake for maaps member schools in the FY ’15 budget, including:
  • The FY ’15 tuition cost inflation factor (CIF) of 1.53%
  • Program reconstruction for FY ‘15
  • Out-of-state rate letters in the next fiscal year
  • Special circumstances for salary upgrades and extraordinary relief in FY’15
Please contact Governor Patrick to urge him not to veto Outside Section 262. You can reach his office by calling (617) 725-4005 or by e-mailing him through the maaps Action Network here.

Thank you in advance for taking action! If you have any questions, please contact Mike Mullen, maaps’ Director of Government Affairs and Communications, at mmullen@maaps.org or (781) 245-1220 ext. 209.

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