On Thursday, July 26th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2019 budget into law. The $41.23 billion plan provides a number of critical victories for the after-school and summer learning field.
Importantly, the FY19 Budget includes a bold new investment for summer learning. Funded at $500,000, line item 7061-9814 creates a competitive grant program to support the development and expansion of research-based summer learning programs across the Commonwealth. This provision will enable more than a thousand additional young people to access high-quality, rigorous summer learning programming.
Other key victories include:
- Line item 7061-9611: After-School and Out-of-School Grants – Supported at $4,286,923 for FY19, this provision represents the highest funding level for the ASOST grant since 2009 and has the potential to connect thousands of more youth to engaging afterschool programming. This provision includes $100,000 for a second year of a data-sharing pilot.
- Line item 7027-0019: School-to-Career Connecting Activities – Supported at $5,000,000 for FY19, this provision supports a public-private partnership that links high school students with economic and learning opportunities on the job as part of the school-to-career transition.
We applaud Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito for their support of the out-of-school time field. Thank you to the following legislative conference committee for ensuring the inclusion of these provisions in the final compromise bill:
House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez
Representative Stephen Kulik
Representative Todd Smola
Senate President (formerly Ways and Means Chairwoman) Karen Spilka
Senator Joan Lovely
Senator Vinny deMacedo
Many thanks to Senator Brendan Crighton, Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Coordination Council Co-Chair, for sponsoring the summer learning budget amendment, and Representative Alice Peisch, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, for filing the legislation that informed this budget provision. We are grateful for the following allies: Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Mayor Joseph M. Petty of Worcester, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Jon F. Mitchell of New Bedford, and Mayor Bill Carpenter of Brockton.