Thank you very much for your open letter to me in last week’s Harvard Hillside, expressing your strong support for the Acton proposal to increase Chapter 70 aid by establishing a minimum amount of $2,000 per pupil.
I appreciate your leadership and that of your fellow selectmen in working to increase state support for Harvard’s public schools.
This week, in response to such requests, I filed the bill “An Act to Ensure Minimum State Education Aid for All Municipalities,” that phases in the $2,000 state aid per pupil over three years. As you and I discussed at the Jan. 17 Harvard Board of Selectmen meeting, the state’s fiscal reality, in my opinion, prevents the likelihood of spending the $266 million required to reach the $2,000 state aid this year.
I have also received requests from school districts to increase the Special Education Circuit Breaker, school transportation costs and classroom size grants. I will also be working on these fronts to deliver more state aid to the town of Harvard.
I am committed to leading the fight for a significant increase in state education aid for the Harvard public schools, to maintain the excellence of education that children in Harvard enjoy. Thank you for your efforts, and the efforts of all town officials, parents and constituents of Harvard advocating for their fair share of state education aid.
JAMES B. ELDRIDGE
37th Middlesex District