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