Thank you for advocating for students with special needs

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We thank Governor Baker for signing the state budget bill.

You helped make it happen.

Thank you for advocating to fully fund the Massachusetts Special Education Circuit Breaker Fund that supports specialized "Chapter 766" schools like Perkins. We are grateful for your continued support of Perkins and our colleagues in the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766-approved Private Schools, maaps.

Use the hashtag: #OurSchoolsCount

Why full funding for C766 specialized schools counts

  • Kids succeed when they get the right kind of instruction. C766 schools deliver the most cost-efficient and effective education to students with severe, complex learning needs.
  • Adequate funding allows parents and school districts to make the best choice for each child, especially when that choice is a highly specialized school like Perkins.
  • Stress on families is reduced by providing greater educational stability for children.
  • Intensive specialized education increases graduation rates for students with disabilities - who already lag disproportionately behind their peers.
  • The number of babies with multiple special needs is up dramatically due to life-saving medical advances. The survival rate in Massachusetts is nearly twice the U.S. rate. These children will need highly specialized schooling to reach their full potential.

More FY2016 Budget Facts

  • $271.6 fully funds the Circuit Breaker Account (7061-0012) according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education estimate
  • A 1.43% rate increase for C766 tuitions will keep pace with inflation and other rising costs (Outside Section 157)