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Malden Delegation Celebrates Substantial Increase in State Funding for Malden Public Schools

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BOSTON — State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Steve Ultrino, Kate Lipper-Garabedian, and Paul Donato are pleased to announce that the final Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Massachusetts state budget passed by the state legislature on July 31, 2023, increased Chapter 70 school funding for Malden to $63.2 million, an increase of $9.1 million or 17% over the FY23 budget.


This very substantial increase in funding for Malden schools is a result of the continued implementation of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), landmark legislation passed by the state legislature in 2019 to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has access to a high-quality public education. FY24 will be the third year of implementing the SOA (which is on a six-year implementation schedule).


“Having led the passage of the Student Opportunity Act as the Senate Chair of the Education Committee, I’m thrilled to see the continuing implementation of this law deliver substantial new resources for our local schools,” said State Senator Jason Lewis. “I’m grateful that we are able to support the students, teachers, and staff at Malden public schools with the largest increase in Chapter 70 school funding for Malden in decades.”


“I am excited to join my colleagues in upholding our commitment to fully implementing the Student Opportunity Act and increasing state funding for our public schools,” said State Representative Steve Ultrino. “This significant investment provides Malden’s school system with the resources it needs to continue its delivery of vital education and support to our students.”


“As a former teacher and education attorney, I am elated to see the continued and increased Chapter 70 funding included in the FY24 Budget for Malden, signed by Governor Healey on August 9,” said State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian. “When I was Chief Legal Counsel at the Executive Office of Education, I was pleased to work with the legislature and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on the development and passage of the Student Opportunity Act. Now, this historic funding ensures the continued availability of critical resources for our schools, students, and educators.”


“The passage of the SOA has proven to be an asset that will continue to benefit our schools for the foreseeable future,” said State Representative Paul Donato. “Also, this monumental funding toward Malden Public Schools emphasizes the importance of providing an equitable and high-quality education towards all students.”

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