Communities perceived to have more ability to fund services on their own — i.e., having higher per capita income and property values – receive less aid under the Chapter 70 education formula. Since that formula is now the principal conduit for state aid, total state aid tilts more heavily towards poorer communities than it did […]
In 1993, the Supreme Judicial Court mandated that the state equalize education spending across districts, so that all children would have access to a good basic education. Since then, state aid has shifted from an even balance of general government aid and education aid towards a heavy emphasis on education aid. The education aid formula […]
Analysis for Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge with links to primary sources.