Traveling the state as members of the Governor’s Black and Latino Advisory Commissions, we meet with families whose children represent the persistent achievement gaps in Massachusetts’ schools. Their children are the one in three black, Latino or low-income students reading on grade-level by the end of third grade. Their children are the 28 percent of low-income 8th graders on grade level in math. And their children are the 1 in every 8 Latino students and 1 in every 7 English learners who drop out of high school.

As the legislature debates a once-in-a-generation reform to the state’s education funding formula, we ask lawmakers to listen to the voices of parents in our communities calling not only for more money, but better results.

In communities we

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