Gov. Charlie Baker urged lawmakers Friday morning to consider a bill that not only increases education funding, but holds low-performing school districts in Massachusetts accountable in closing the achievement gap.
Baker, the first to testify at the Joint Education Committee’s hearing, promoted his proposal, which would add $1.1 billion for schools by 2026, increase the state education commissioner’s power to intervene in struggling districts and make other changes to the funding formula. Under the proposal, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley would have the power to hold aid to continually underperforming schools and implement turnaround plans with those districts.
“There are opportunities for underperforming schools to partner with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to invest in proven strategies that help kids