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Since the conference committee will not, it appears, release an agreed-upon version of the #StudentOpportunityAct this week, here’s an #FBRC thread from yesterday’s #70on70 presentation, #MAEdu
(This isn’t all the slides, just the SOA ones):
I do think that it is crucial to note that the main source of disagreement LAST session—which was both most of the money and most of the equity—was simply agreed to this session (and if you are not writing about that, you in my opinion are missing the story):
I can’t emphasize enough that all the goal numbers are PRE-INFLATIONARY, so these are not going to be the actual FY27 dollar amounts.
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H. 4137 House deliberation thread starts here:

The bill is here: malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H4137
Video: malegislature.gov/Events/Session…

#FBRC #MAEdu #mapoli
warning you in advice that I cannot identify most members of the House. Sorry.
I do, however, spot @RepJimODay on the floor in his usual sartorial splendor.
My phone is plugged in behind me, so if you need me, please use something that will come to my laptop.
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I'll thread livetweeting the #StudentOpportunityAct off of this post, so the two stay together. I'm only promising the use of #FBRC, though.

We have a few more Senators coming in, including Sen. @SoniaChangDiaz.
Believe it or not, there's also still seats in the gallery.
the Senate has been called to order and they're passing resolutions honoring people
#FBRC
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As one who sympathizes with the "tell us all of it right now" types, let's talk through why the Governor thought this #MAEdu spreadsheet drop was going to be a bombshell and why we shouldn't let it be.
First, as has repeatedly said by many, including both @RepAlicePeisch and @SenJasonLewis (and me), local REQUIRED contributions are, yes, going to go up.
But check your budgets: the number of districts in the state that aren't ALREADY well in excess of foundation can be counted on about one hand.
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S. 2348

It earns the sticker.
#FBRC #MAEdu
First things first:

Health insurance: average rate of growth of employer share in GIC over prior 3 fiscal years
(that's a check on #FBRC)
in-district sped to 4% of most districts/5% voke

out-of-district sped goes to $35,547 by the end of the term, so 78% of approved costs on $45,793 in FY20 (and it's tied to inflation)

(that's a check on #FBRC)
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First up, this is the Governor with his same bill. Same thing as January: who-cester.blogspot.com/2019/02/govern…
TBH, I feel as though no one ever has tackled the dual nature of his bill (aka: there’s some reasonable language changes in there that clearly are DESE Finance not wanting us to have to pass the language in the budget every year) BUT the Governor doesn’t, either, so—
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Okay, a few #MaEdu school finance notes before MA twitter becomes awash in 🏈 and ⚾️ for the evening...
(This tweet was immediately followed in my feed by the Patriots warm up. The Sox also play tonight. I thought there was some sort of cosmic agreement that we didn’t do that.)
First, if you were following the Joint Committee on #MaEdu earlier this week, you may have caught this:
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Last night, the Leg broke for August with no #FBRC bill. @massgovernor defended it, saying ppl don't give credit for “how difficult it is to change that formula.” I was also characterized as criticizing my colleagues for delay.

So I want to be clear.

masslive.com/news/2019/07/m…
@MassGovernor It is a hard political exercise to change the #MAEdu Foundation Formula—no question.

Just like it’s hard to forge multiple years’ worth of academic gains for a low-income 3rd grader in one school year, when she started far behind her peers.
@MassGovernor And just like it’s hard to get a 10th grader who’s lost 2 friends to street violence to focus on the quadratic equation when he’s struggling with major trauma.

But these are things we rightly ask our schools to do – even though they’re hard.
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Okay, my best guess on what the Education Committee’s discussion is on the #FBRC bills.
Caveat: I genuinely have no real information from the committee. This is an educated guess.
And this is nothing official, of course. Just me.
This is also going to get wonky, so please do ask if any of this doesn’t make sense, #MAEdu.
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7035-0002 for adult education is $38,295,000, which is a $195K increase over the House, but it's an earmark
the $73,856,506 for regional transportation reimbursement (7035-0006) is the same as the House
7035-0007 is vocational transportation; the House didn't fund; the Senate has $250K, same as the Gov.
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It’s House Ways and Means budget week, #MAEdu, and I think we are due for a gif thread on what to look for!
First, I’m tracking the K-12 #mabudget accounts over here: dropbox.com/s/6t6qvso18gyv…
I’ll update that after House Ways and Means is released on Wednesday.
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Apparently, we are getting a primer on #MAEdu charter funding this morning (my laptop battery is going to die, so we’re going to do this via tweets)
Up for this is @jeffwulfson who has written with the most clarity on this #MAEdu
...who is arguing that charter schools are simply another out-of-district tuition model. Charter rates are intended to replicate as closely as possible the funding of the home district. #MAEdu
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Something I’ve been thinking about this week that I think has broader application...
I’m a Commissioner on @MayorPetty’s Commission for Latino Advancement and Education, which is having some hard and important conversations about Worcester.
I shared this graph earlier this week on why this matters, not only for @worcesterpublic, but for the city at large. The city population doesn’t exactly reflect this, even in projections, but it is heading more this way.
(And h/t @MayorPetty for getting this, BTW; it isn’t always visibile in the way it should be.)
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Ok, let's go
#mabudget
#MAEdu
Takes early college from $1.75M to $3M, focus on STEM, under-served, Black Advisory Commission and the Latino Advisory Commission rec'dations
DESE line cut by the earmarks (no surprise there)
METCO down $40K
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When the term and concept of segregation academies hit the national news cycle, there was the back and forth online about the South. nytimes.com/2018/11/28/opi…
As was pointed out by many, this is (as always) not one that the rest of the country gets to "oh the South" on.
Nikole Hannah-Jones specifically noted the 1849 Roberts v. City of Boston case
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Okay, I just stuck the House foundation budget bill in my Dropbox here: dropbox.com/s/9keifw8ws54q…

thread following
#FBRC said in-district to 3.75% for regular; 4.75% for voke
House bill says in-district to 4%; 5% for voke

That's your sugar to help the medicine go down, because there is no other good news here.
Health insurance change DOES add retirees and ties to three years of GIC, so...sure.
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Okay, the House is going to take up a "foundation budget reform" bill, we're told.

For what should #MAEdu be watching?
Well, the first thing is, while we may pick it up, so far the House is being pretty careful about references to the Commission (which I'm echoing by not tagging them with #FBRC).
Where's the references to the Commission?
Three years out.
Work of more than a year.
Hours and hours of testimony.
Pages and pages of research.
Hours and hours of discussion.
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Massachusetts, how is it that we're okay with our Secretary of Education thinking we don't have to require the teaching of race relations since the Civil Rights era in U.S. history?
This has been weighing on me since Tuesday.
I think Jack encapsulates it well here:
Video is here: livestream.com/accounts/22459… (33:16 to start)
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Commissioner Jeff Riley now up at #MASBOinstitute2018
"We've had 25 years of so-called 'education reform' and we've seen some good things...but I think people are tired" #MASBOInstitute2018
"We need to get people talking again, so we can figure out what comes next." #MASBOinstitute2018
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Ok, couple of (possibly scattered) thoughts coming out of yesterday’s #MAEdu accountability update:
First: the regs are still open for public comment til Friday; comment on the changes! doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx…
(Seriously, it’s super depressing for the Board to take up something I know lots of people care about and hear “there were only three comments, and two were on punctuation.”)
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Ok, @MA_Senate budget tweeting thread is going to be spotty today, but here's a few things:
$30/pupil minimum increases
$40/decile on the low income rate #MAEdu
There is BOTH a regional district budget review commission AND a local contribution review commission (the Senate is really opening some cans of worms there!)
There is NOT #FBRC language, so it looks as though @MA_Senate is putting all of its eggs in this basket today.

(sorry, getting carried away on the animal metaphors)
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Ok, I'm not convinced I have nailed down the best way of talking about this yet, but I think it's good to get some things out around #MAEdu regional schools transportation, especially as we see the #mabudget debate juggle it.
The principle is Massachusetts has some teeny districts and had more of them. There can be advantages (financial and otherwise) to teeny districts joining up.
That's where a whole bunch of MGL Ch. 71 comes in.
MGL Ch. 71 sec. 16C sets a 1 1/2 mile limit, but then says:
the "district shall be obliged to provide transportation for all school children in grades kindergarten through twelve...
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