BOSTON — Local legislators believe a state education reform bill, which awaits Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature, could benefit school districts, including Newburyport, Amesbury and Triton Regional, especially in terms of special education transportation funding.
The Student Opportunity Act was unanimously approved by the House and the Senate on Wednesday.
Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, said he was “especially excited” about the special education transportation component, which uses language from “An act relative to special education transportation funding reform” — a bill he’s been pushing since he was first sworn into the Legislature in 2015.
“The Student Opportunity Act is great news for Newburyport, Amesbury, the Triton Regional School District and schools across Massachusetts,” Kelcourse said.
The bill could provide at least $1.5 billion in new funding for public schools over the