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Rural schools: How do we make state aware of budget woes?

from The Recorder

Close to a dozen educators met at Mohawk to review the case for why the state should raise Chapter 70 funding for rural schools with declining enrollments for the last two decades. "Mohawk lost 40 percent of its enrollment over the last 15 years," said Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, chairman of the Massachusetts Rural School Coalition. "Our state aid has been flat, but 60 to 70 percent of our budget is based on (employee contracts), which are not flat," he said. "Our per capita income is low, and the costs fall on our residents." more


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