New effort launched to change education funding priorities

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BOSTON (AP) — The question of how to best divvy up state education dollars is again shaping up as a top issue in the new legislative session in Massachusetts.

A group of mayors, lawmakers and educational advocates filed a bill on Wednesday that would increase funding for public school districts with an emphasis on bridging the educational opportunity gap between students in wealthier communities and poorer ones.

The renewed effort comes months after the breakdown of negotiations between the House and Senate over similar legislation in the last session.

Advocates are seeking revisions to what they call an outdated education funding formula dating to 1993.

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Boston Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill, said implementing the proposed changes could cost up to $2 billion over five years.


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