Legislative Priorities

Ask your legislators to support CPS’s  priority legislation. 


Ask your legislators to stand up for public education and support our seven public education bills!

These bills support CPS’s mission to promote, preserve and protect public education. Collectively, they would update the inadequate and inequitable K-12 school funding formula, stop the high stakes uses of standardized testing, inform parents about the amount and uses of testing in their children’s schools, bring accountability and transparency to charter schools, and guarantee that students have adequate time for recess.

CPS supports seven bills that support our three advocacy priorities for public education. Can you contact your state representative and ask them to cosponsor these bills?

Fully Fund Our Schools

  • PROMISE Act (S238 and H586): An Act providing rightful opportunities and meaningful investment for successful and equitable education. The PROMISE Act is a landmark bill that is part of the #FundOurFuture” campaign/. Sponsored by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Reps. Mary Keefe and Aaron Vega, and 130 other legislators. 
  • CHERISH Act (S741 and H1214).  An Act committing to higher education the resources to ensure a strong and healthy public higher education system.  The CHERISH Act, like the PROMISE Act, is a landmark bill that is part of the Fund Our Future Campaign.  Sponsored by Senator Jo Comerford, Reps. Sean Garballey and Paul Mark, and 104 other legislators.

Click here to read the facts about two bills to Fund Our Future by funding our public schools, one for K-12 and one for higher education. 

Click here to sign a petition supporting the Fund Our Future legislative agenda. 

Charter School Reform

  • Ensuring Charter School Transparency and Public Accountability (H593).  Requires charters to comply with the same laws as regular public schools, including anti-discrimination laws.  Sponsored by Rep. Tommy Vitolo and 26 other legislators.

  • Requiring Local Approval for Charter Schools (S314).  Requires local district or municipality  approval for any new Commonwealth charter schools.  Sponsored by Senator Michael Moore and 12 other legislators.

Less Testing, More Learning

  • Placing a moratorium on high stakes testing (H431).  Halts the use of standardized test results to make important decisions about students, teachers or schools.  Sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker and 41 other legislators.
  • Establishing a Grant Program for Alternative Assessment (S328).  Requires DESE to create and implement grant program to support district task forces to develop and pilot alternative assessment models.  Sponsored by Senator Michael Rush and 10 other legislators.
  • Clarifying parental rights in the administration of standardized tests (H519).  Clarifies current law that parents have the right to opt their children out of certain testing requirements, and sets out protections to ensure that parents may exercise these important parental rights.  Sponsored by Rep. Liz Malia and 16 other legislators.
  • Ensuring parental notification about testing (HD3949).  Requires school districts, with the assistance of the department of elementary and secondary education, to disclose certain information about required assessments.  Sponsored by Rep. Liz Malia and 12 other legislators.
  • Supporting the local determination of educational competency and multiple forms of academic assessment (S254). Assessments for high school graduation would be determined by the local public school district after review and comment by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prohibits the results of a single means of assessment or test from being used as a condition of high school graduation. Sponsored by Senator Cynthia Creem.
  • Requiring the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to use the growth in students’ scores as the measure of school performance in determining the “lowest 10%” of districts subject to a higher, 18%, limit on net school spending that can be sent to charter schools (S296).  Currently, DESE ranks districts on a measure that weights “performance” 3 times as much as “growth.” Yet achievement scores are highly correlated with family income, so districts that educate poor children are labeled low-performing, regardless of whether the students are progressing.  Schools should be measured by what children learn, not by who they educate.
  • Ensuring recess for elementary school children (S330 and H426). Mandates at least 20 minutes of unstructured free-play recess per school day for public school students in grades K-5.  Sponsored by Senator Michael Rush, Rep. Marjorie Decker and 56 other legislators.


  • Strengthening the Foundation of the Commonwealth (H2424).  Raises substantial new revenue through progressive means, including raising rates for dividend and interest income, capital gains and corporate excise. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Connolly, Senator Jo Comerford and 17 other legislators.

  • Fair Share Amendment (S16 and H86)  Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax of four per cent on incomes in excess of one million dollars.  Sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, Rep. James O’Day and 118 other legislators.