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Superintendents spotlight ed funding formula flaws

PUBLIC SCHOOL superintendents made the case for changing the state funding formula for education at forums in New Bedford, Fitchburg, and Malden on Tuesday as lawmakers on Beacon Hill prepared to roll out legislation addressing the problem. After the House and Senate failed to agree on school funding legislation at the end of the last […]

Posted inOpinion

Public higher ed isn’t really that public any more

THE BOSTON FOUNDATION and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently released a new report, Grade Incomplete: Implementation of the Community College Funding Formula in Massachusetts. The report examines the “performance-based funding” formula developed in 2012 as a tool for allocating state resources to Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges based not only on “inputs” like the number of students […]

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Mass. is in the fiscal stability cellar

WE’RE ACCUSTOMED to winning in Massachusetts. The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins have combined to earn 11 championships since 2000. No other region of the US comes close to these accomplishments in professional sports.  Even more important, in the civic realm Massachusetts ranks at or near the top nationally in education, talent, employment levels, […]

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Final approval given to two retail pot stores

THE STATE BOARD overseeing the nascent marijuana industry gave final approval to the first licenses for retail stores Thursday with some conditions. But the vote, one of the most momentous the panel has yet taken, was not unanimous with one commissioner abstaining because of problems with the host community agreements. The Cannabis Control Commission approved […]

Posted inPolitics

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick […]