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- The Massachusetts Legislature didn’t wait long after the start of the new year to begin its session, with the body convening on Jan. 2. Last session, there was bipartisan agreement that the state’s schools were underfunded, and that the funding formula that determines how much goes where needed adjustments.
- Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's education proposal calls for more state and local spending on education, and would allow the commissioner of the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to withhold aid from districts if they're not adequately working to improve student performance. The commissioner would also get a larger role in influencing parts of schools' turnaround plans.
- Baker, who previously talked about helping underperforming schools expand professional development, after-school programs and other opportunities, included a $50 school improvement fund in his proposal that the commissioner could award to schools who need it for some of these initiatives.
- Massachusetts has a sports betting bill, which allocates tax revenues to fund education, transportation and health insurance.