Communications & Research Analyst
Marcus is a Communications & Research Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Working with both the research and communications teams, he provides support on data analysis, visualizations, website management, and social media graphics.
Previously an intern at MassBudget, Marcus also completed an internship with the community development team at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. A Massachusetts native, he holds a B.A. in Economics from UMass Boston.
The money that the state provides to cities and towns for core local services is called General Local Aid. Our new factsheet describes the history of general local aid, the dramatic cuts of the last four years (amounting to roughly 1/3 of all funds), and various options for reform.
Do Massachusetts’s schools have enough money to provide their students with a quality education? That’s the question that motivated Cutting Class. And what we found is that in many areas the answer seems to be no. Schools across the state are hiring fewer teachers, providing less professional development, and spending less on materials & technology than the state funding formula considers adequate.