Senior Policy Analyst
Colin Jones is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center focusing on early and K-12 education policy and finance.
Prior to joining MassBudget, Colin served four terms in AmeriCorps national service programs focused on project based learning, academic support, and entrepreneurship at the non-profits BUILD in Oakland, California and Citizen Schools Massachusetts. Colin also designed and implemented teen summer jobs programs through the John Hancock MLK Scholars program.
Colin completed his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, focusing on Urban Policy and Education. At Harvard, Colin also undertook field and course work in non-profit management, state and local finance, budgeting, and philanthropy. Colin holds a Bachelors of Arts in Politics from Oberlin College and is a native of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
Maintenance budgets are estimates of what it would take for the state to maintain services at the same level as prior years. These budgets are also often called current services baselines, as they allow comparison of budget proposals to the baseline of what is currently provided. Maintenance budgets are the first step in our state’s budget process, but they are rarely made public in a standard way.
Increased learning time can be an effective tool for providing more of our young people with improved, more well-rounded education – but only if it’s done right. This paper examines which strategies have proven most effective in implementing longer school days, quality after school services, and summer learning opportunities. The report also estimates what it costs to provide a few model programs.
To help children overcome non-academic barriers to success, a number of districts across the country have implemented wraparound services in their schools. Recent research shows that these programs can improve both the academic and life success of the students who are served. This report examines evidence on the effectiveness of these programs, describes progress being made in Massachusetts, and estimates costs for implementing evidence-based practices more widely.