State of the States
Gov. Deval L. Patrick (D) • Jan. 23
Gov. Patrick’s first State of the Commonwealth speech included a call for lawmakers to move swiftly on a proposed increase in education spending. The governor, elected in November 2006, is seeking $5.2 billion for precollegiate education in his $28.2 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2009. That would include an increase of $223 million, a 6 percent hike from the current year, in state education aid to cities and towns. His proposal includes an additional $15 million to expand the state’s universal prekindergarten initiative and $8 million to increase the number of schools that offer full-day kindergarten. The governor also wants $13 million to raise the number of schools offering extended learning days. Currently, 19 public schools are participating in the extended school day program.
Vol. 27, Issue 22, Page 15Published in Print: February 6, 2008, as Massachusetts