MassINC is proud to present At the Apex: The 2030 Educational Attainment Forecast. This analysis draws attention to the problem the Massachusetts economy will confront as the large and highly skilled Baby Boom generation ages out of the state’s workforce.

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MassINC is proud to present this in-depth look at community-wide systems to support the social and emotional development of Gateway City students.

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Over the past eight months, state programs focused on Gateway Cities have endured an onslaught of bruising cuts as both the Patrick and Baker administrations slashed state funding to fill a sizable hole in the budget. While the fiscal crisis may be coming to an end, many of the resources Gateway Cities have seen over the last several years have been reduced or eliminated altogether.

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While the new approach the state has adopted to track low-income student enrollment does not change the share of the state’s low-income students served by Gateway City districts in the aggregate, it does lead to some significant changes between these urban district. On average, those with higher levels of English Language Learners tend to lose share. The greatest decreases are in Revere, Everett, Brockton, Lynn, and Chelsea.

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Since Massachusetts passed education reform in 1993, theshare of Gateway City students who are low-income has risen from less than halfto two-thirds. This concentration of poverty in Gateway City school districtsmeans nearly every student in these urban centers now attends a school wheremore than 40 percent of the students are poor—a threshold social scientists suggesthas negative repercussions.

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The Governor’s Budget includes a plan to double the state’s EITC from 15 to 30 percent of the federal. Gateway Cities would disproportionately benefit from this change.
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