TEWKSBURY — The end of 2019 brought big changes to the state’s education system. Bill S.2365, better known as the Student Opportunity Act, was unanimously pas­sed in the state Senate and House of Represen­tatives, and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on Nov. 26.

Based on the recommendations of the 2015 Foun­dation Budget Re­view Com­mission, the bill implements a new funding formula, and the Common­wealth will spend $1.5 billion in districts statewide over the next seven years.

In his weekly newsletter, state education commissioner Jeff Riley prais­ed the new law:

“We have once again reaffirmed public education is cherished in the Commonwealth. It is now up to all of us to en­sure we spend these substantial new funds in the way

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