ERIC Number: ED377559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act: What Is It and Will It Work?
Anthony, Patricia G.; Rossman, Gretchen B.
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 introduced sweeping changes for public education. The planned changes are programmatic as well as fiscal: organizational modifications were introduced; administrator roles and responsibilities were redefined; particular student populations were targeted for additional academic support; and the method for funding education was completely revamped. This paper examines the significant programmatic and organizational reforms initiated by the legislation and discusses the new funding mechanism. It describes the impact of the act on school districts and on Massachusetts education. A conclusion is that the reforms hold great promise if properly implemented. Problems include the implementation of changes without allowing for sufficient planning time and the unclear status of future appropriations for education. Complicating the situation for towns is the continued effect of Proposition 2 1/2, the mandated tax cap on property taxes. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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