Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy leads a rally at the State House last week. BANNER PHOTO
Massachusetts Legislators ended their session last week without resolution on education funding reform, leaving on the table questions about how the state’s low-resource districts will be funded and what powers the state will have to intervene in schools and districts deemed underperforming.
“It’s been nearly a decade-long struggle,” said Charlotte Kelly, who heads the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance. “We know what policies need to pass. We know what kids need. It’s a question of political courage. Do they have the courage to invest in black and brown kids or not?”
The Legislature in July passed a $268 million funding increase for K-12 education, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz