Before the Massachusetts Senate passed a $1.5 billion education funding bill Thursday evening, the Senate adopted an amendment that critics say significantly waters down measures meant to hold districts accountable for how they are spending the money.
Accountability is expected to be a major flashpoint in the continuing debate over the bill as it heads to the House.
“It’s heartbreaking to see this happen,” said Keri Rodrigues, founder of the parent-focused education reform group, Massachusetts Parents United.
The bill, if it becomes law, would add a massive influx of cash into the state’s public education system. Over a seven-year phase in period, the bill would add $1.4 billion into the Chapter 70 education funding formula, with additional money targeted for special education transportation, innovative strategies