former Governor Patrick did his best to hold K-12 education harmless in the budgets he put forward. My worry is that Governor Baker’s budget will not have public education as a high priority.Over the last month, I have given testimony before the state senate’s listening group, the legislative commission to evaluate the adequacies and equity of the foundation formula (k-12 education
funding), and also at the School Committee Legislative Breakfast.
I emphasized that, since the foundation formula was created in 1993, the conditions in Worcester and other gateway cities have changed dramatically. The underemployment and unemployment
rates are up dramatically. The numbers of students living in poverty, foster care, who are homeless, are adjudicated in