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The last significant change to how schools are funded in Massachusetts was 22 years ago. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
The last significant change to how schools are funded in Massachusetts was 22 years ago. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
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There's a lot of school reform in the air right now. Last week we examined the issue of school testing some 20 years after MCAS was first launched. Now, we're looking at school funding because it was 22 years ago that the state made the last significant change to how schools are funded — that was through the Education Reform Act.

Monday, a legislature-established commission came out with its report on how to overhaul the state's school funding formula, and how much that would cost. Here's the short answer: at least $430 million, if the state adopts just two of the commission's four major proposals.

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Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, state senator who chairs the Foundation Budget Review Commission that released the proposal. She tweets @SoniaChangDiaz.

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The Boston Globe: Group Wants Hundred Of Millions In New K-12 Spending

  • "The panel found, among other things, that the 22-year-old law underestimated the growth of health insurance and special education costs, recommending $431.8 million in new state spending to help make up the difference."

This segment aired on November 2, 2015.

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