August 27, 2014
Boston – On Wednesday, Senator Richard Ross submitted a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means for their immediate consideration of House Bill 3722, An Act establishing an educational mandate task force, intended to provide much needed relief to towns struggling to fund their schools and educational programs.
House Bill 3722 would establish a task force charged with reviewing all mandates on public schools and districts and assessing the feasibility of implementing a master reporting form.
“At a time when our school districts are struggling to meet all of the needs of their students, it is important that we take the time to assess the requirements we, as a legislature, are placing on schools to determine that resources are being used as efficiently and constructively as possible,” said Senator Ross.
As a member of the Joint Committee on Education, regulating these mandates has been a major priority for Senator Ross. In January 2013, Senator Ross sponsored a bill aimed at reducing paperwork and waste within the department of elementary and secondary education. The bill called for the elimination of wasteful publications by utilizing information technology in order to increase efficiency and responsiveness in the Massachusetts school system.
A new draft of this legislation was written in October, accompanying H3722. The legislation is now before the House Committee on Ways and Means.
“I am pushing for this legislation today in response to extensive feedback I have received throughout my district,” said Senator Ross. “With the new school year beginning for many this week, it is my hope that the committee will consider this soon to better serve our administrators, teachers, and students.”