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MA lawmakers pass a 1.5 billion dollar education reform bill


BARRY: STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE AGREED ON A NEW EDUCATION REFORM BILL. 22NEWS STATE HOUSE REPORTER JODI REED IS LIVE IN BOSTON WITH HOW SCHOOLS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS STAND TO BENEFIT FROM THIS LEGISLATION. JODI REED: STATE SENATORS WERE HERE UNTIL AFTER 8 LAST NIGHT TO APPROVE A BILL THAT WOULD BETTER FUN THE STATE’S SCHOOL SYSTEMS… AND THEY DID IT WITHOUT HAVING TO RAISE TAXES. THE 1.5 BILLION DOLLAR OPPORTUNITY ACT GIVES CRITICAL FUNDING TO K-12 EDUCATION OVER NEXT SEVEN YEARS. A MAJOR FOCUS OF THAT MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS PROVING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. EDUCATION ADVOCATES TOOK ISSUE WITH PARTS OF THE BILL BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHOULD HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING THEIR MONEY. THE BILL STILL GIVES TO THE STATE TO DETERMINE HOW LOCALS SPEND THE MONEY AND IT UNDERMINES EDUCATOR AUTONOMY AND AUTHORITY AS THE EXPERTS. BECAUSE LAWMAKERS PASSED THE BILL WITHOUT RAISING TAXES, OTHER STATE PROGRAMS MAY LOSE FUNDS OR COULD BE THREATENED BY AN ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN OR A RECESSION. ALL OF THE STATE’S SCHOOL DISTRICTS CURRENTLY STAND TO BENEIT FROM THE FUNDING, BUT LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IN GATEWAY CITIES AND STUDENTS IN HIGH- POVERTY RURAL DISTRICTS ARE EXPECTED TO BENEFIT THE MOST. JODI REED: THE HOUSE HAS NOT SPECIFIED A DATE TO TAKE UP THE BILL BUT IT IS EXPECTED TO SURFACE SOMETIME IN MID-NOVEMBER BEFORE LAWMAKERS BREAK FOR THE HOLIDAYS. IN BOSTON, JODI REED 22NEWS.

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