18 Education and Youth Advocacy Organizations Endorse Question 1 to Improve Transportation and Public Education

Aug 15, 2022

Parents, Students, and Educators Join Growing Coalition Supporting Fair Share Amendment Tax on Million-Dollar Earners on November Ballot

BOSTON – The campaign working to pass the Fair Share Amendment, the proposed state tax on incomes above $1 million which would raise billions of dollars to invest in transportation and

public education, today announced the endorsement of 18 education and youth advocacy

organizations from across the state. The Fair Share Amendment is Question 1 on the November

statewide ballot.


“It’s not fair that millionaires get richer and richer, while the ceilings in some of our children’s schools leak buckets when it rains,” said Suleika Soto, a Boston parent and Acting Director at Boston Education Justice Alliance. “We look forward to the Fair Share Amendment leveling the playing field and providing long-needed funding for our children’s futures.”


The 18 education and youth advocacy organizations collectively represent thousands of

parents, students, educators, and education and youth advocates from across Massachusetts.

“We wholeheartedly endorse the Fair Share Amendment because we need it to ensure that

each student in Massachusetts receives a high-quality, well-resourced education, now and in

the years ahead,” said Lisa Guisbond, Executive Director at Citizens for Public Schools. “With

funding made available by Question 1, we can sustainably reduce class sizes, hire enough school counselors, and better support English language learners. It is completely fair to require our wealthiest Massachusetts residents to pay 4 percent more per year on the income they earn in excess of $1 million. Doing so will enable us to uplift many thousands of children and support

their future thoughtful participation in our democracy.”


“Students and educators at every school across Massachusetts should have the highest quality

public education possible,” said Vatsady Sivongxay, a Cambridge parent and executive director

of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance - Education Fund. “Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, is an opportunity to generate billions of dollars and create a permanent resource pipeline for equitable public schools and colleges. The historic Student Opportunity Act, passed in 2019, promises funding increases for local schools over the next five years, and the Fair Share Amendment will be key to fulfilling that promise to provide the necessary resources for our students and schools. Additionally, the Fair Share Amendment is key to ending the cycle of

student debt that so many low-income, working-class, and BIPOC students and families take on

in hopes of a better future.”


“The Fair Share Amendment is a stepping stone towards a future in which all students receive

the well-rounded education they deserve, including access to art programming, regardless of

socioeconomic status,” said Rania Henriquez, Community Resource Coordinator, and Emma

Burke, Social Justice Coordinator, at Elevated Thought. “As an organization dedicated to

creative enrichment for young people and social justice, adequate funding for public education

is non-negotiable. Progressive taxation is needed to equitably and sustainably provide the

educational experience young people deserve.”


“The Center of Teen Empowerment stands to create youth leaders that work for justice and

equity in communities like Somerville and Boston. We support the Fair Share Amendment

because of the impact it could have on the schools and communities we care so deeply about,”

said Abrigal Forrester, executive director of the Center for Teen Empowerment. “Passing Fair

Share will not only give back to our schools, but it will also improve our public transportation

across the state. These improvements will help the people who need it most, which includes

young people who attend public schools and rely on public transportation, rather than allowing

the rich to continue to get richer.”


The education and youth advocacy organizations join more than 280 organizations and

thousands of activists across the state who are working together to pass Question 1 on the

ballot. The campaign previously announced support from 63 community organizing groups, 26

housing and community development organizations, 28 social service providers, 15 faith-based

groups, 7 public health organizations, 7 environmental and climate organizations, and 10

transportation advocacy organizations. After years of grassroots advocacy, the state Legislature

voted in June 2021 to place the Fair Share Amendment on the November 2022 statewide ballot,

where it is now set to be decided on by the voters as Question 1.


The full list of endorsing education and youth advocacy organizations is below, and a full list of

organizations that have endorsed Question 1 is available at fairsharema.com/endorsements.


Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service

Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA)

Central MA Youth Jobs Coalition

Citizens for Public Schools

EdNavigator

Educators for Excellence Boston

Elevated Thought

I Have A Future

Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Massachusetts Association of School Committees

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education

Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance - Public Action Network

Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM)

Revere Youth In Action

Teen Empowerment

Zero Debt Massachusetts



Background on Question 1: the Fair Share Amendment

The Fair Share Amendment – Question 1 on the November ballot – will allow Massachusetts to

improve our transportation and public education systems by making the very rich pay their fair

share. Question 1 would create a 4 percent tax on the portion of a person’s annual income

above $1 million and require – in the state constitution – that the funds be spent only on

transportation and public education. Only people who earn more than $1 million annually will

be impacted; 99% of us won’t pay a penny more. And we’ll all benefit from better schools,

colleges, roads, bridges, and public transportation. Learn more and get involved at

FairShareMA.com.


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The Fair Share for Massachusetts campaign is led by Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of

community organizations, faith-based groups, and labor unions committed to building an

economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates

broadly shared prosperity. Since our coalition came together in 2013, we have nearly doubled

wages for hundreds of thousands of working people by winning two increases in the state’s

minimum wage, won best-in-the-nation earned sick time and paid family and medical leave

benefits for workers and their families, and started to build an economy that works for all of us, not just those at the top.