Senator Jason Lewis to Hold Forum in Wakefield on Education Funding

Later this month, Senator Jason Lewis, in collaboration with the Wakefield School Committee and Wakefield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Zrike, will present a public information session on state education finance reform.  Residents of the 5th Middlesex district are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts and feedback.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 24, at 6:30pm at The Savings Bank Theater at Wakefield High School, 60 Farm Street, Wakefield.

“I am committed to making sure that our cities and towns receive adequate and equitable resources from the Commonwealth in order to provide a second-to-none public education for our young people,” said Senator Lewis.  “This forum will be an opportunity for residents of the 5th Middlesex district to gain information on how those resources are allocated and to feel empowered to have an impact on this critically important issue.”

In addition to Senator Lewis, presenters will include Wakefield School Committee member Christopher Callanan and Colin Jones of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MBPC).  Mr. Jones is the Education Policy Analyst at the MBPC, and will focus his remarks on demystifying the Chapter 70 education financing formula, as well as on discussing ways to address inadequacy and inequity in state education financing today.

There will also be ample opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the presenters, as well as for audience members to discuss the issues raised and offer their thoughts.