The state's supreme court set a date to hear arguments for the second half of a school funding lawsuit, as lawmakers meet to craft a new funding formula.

In 2010, the state began docking 3 percent of teachers' pay to cover retiree health-care costs, a move two courts have now ruled unconstitutional.

A Massachusetts activist group, End Common Core, had been pushing to ask voters this November whether to get rid of the state's Common Core standards.

As part of the stopgap deal, the state's school system will receive $11 billion to keep them afloat for another year.

Hundreds of policymakers gathered at the Education Commission of the State's annual forum in Washington, where discussions included their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The new formula is expected to pass muster with the state's supreme court on the issue of equity, but the justices have yet to rule on whether it's adequate.

The plaintiffs' lawyers in an ongoing lawsuit are satisfied with a bill passed by legislators late Friday that would add $38 million to the K-12 funding formula.

Some districts, such as Newark, would lose as much as $14 million, or 69 percent of their state funding, according to an analysis released by the governor's office.

Failure to fix what the state supreme court has ruled is an inequitable K-12 funding formula by June 30 would result in the court shutting off all state aid.

Michael Johnson, previously a district superintendent, takes over a department coping with fallout from a troubled rollout of standardized testing and big layoffs due to budget cuts.


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