By Jon Marcus, New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“There’s been a lot of attention about the request for more money for higher education,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the nonpartisan, Boston-based Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “The legislature has a right to ask how that money will be spent, and that it’s used for the best and most appropriate purposes.”
Several statewide business organizations have formed a group -- Great Schools Massachusetts Coalition -- in support of more charter schools and has launched an $18 million advocacy campaign that Massachusetts teachers' unions vow to fight. The group includes the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Mass.
A Boston Globe article noted that a 2011 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report estimated that permitting the approximately 910 undocumented students who graduate from Massachusetts high schools each year to attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates could generate new revenues upwards of $7 million dollars (Boston Globe).