Massachusetts Passed A New Education Funding Plan. Now What?

Massachusetts' public school funding formula has changed for the first time since 1993, thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature that adds $1.5 billion to schools, and aims for more equity across the state. How will that money get spent? Former Education Secretary Paul Reville joined Boston Public Radio to break down what happens next. "This will have particular effect in our poorest communities in the commonwealth," he said. "But just having more money doesn't necessarily mean you're going to do a good job. It's how you spend the money that's going to make all the difference." The new formula aims to reduce inequities between districts by infusing more money in communities that face larger costs in special education, employee health care, low-income students, and English language learners.

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