Massachusetts is a very-charter friendly state.
Massachusetts has been very aggressive in pushing high standards.
Our governor appears to be on very good terms with the president and his secretary of education.
One would think that we are in really good shape for the new funding. (Note to legislators: Forget about the faux-funding threat, do the right thing, and defeat Deval’s education package.)
But wait – there’s another provision we need to worry about. The state will be evaluated on “whether they cut state K-12 funding this year.”
In most states, where payments to schools go directly from the statehouse to an autonomous school district, this shouldn’t be hard to prove. But Massachusetts – that’s another story. State money gets filtered through town hall, and there’s plenty of opportunities for the town-side to claw back school funds.
It should be interesting to see how the Feds define maintenance of effort. Will it count the bottom line that ends up in the account of the local school district, or some bottom-line figure? Will they restrict their analysis to school aid accounts (Chapter 70), or will they include other payments to school systems, including Special Education circuit breakers and regional school transportation?
Plenty of interesting news to be made in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.