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Last Thursday, the Legislature announced agreement on the Student Opportunity Act ‚ which will increase funding for students in cities by something like $4,000 per pupil over the next seven years. It will also significantly help English Language Learners and children with special needs
I’m still stunned that such an incredibly positive bill for students from cities across the state will now be passed by the Legislature. It will help the Boston Public Schools’ budget with reimbursements for charter school costs. It offers a better, more inclusive income definition for poor children. It requires each school system to develop a three-year plan to lower the achievement gap between students of color and white students, which is very high in our state.

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