Paul Reville: Brockton Should Sue State Over Inequalities In School Funding

Monday, March 26, 2018

The city of Brockton is considering suing the state of Massachusetts in hopes of pushing Beacon Hill toward reforming funding inequalities in public schools. 

As reported by The Boston Globe, the funding difference between schools in low-income communities and those in affluent communities in the state is becoming more and more extreme. In 2016 and 2017, for example, Brockton was able to spend $1.28 per student on classroom supplies, compared to $275 per student in the affluent community of Weston.

A Supreme Judicial Court ruling in 1993 mandated that the state has a constitutional duty to educate all students equally, regardless of their district's wealth. The ruling led to a landmark piece of education reform legislation, the Education Reform Act of 1993.

But Paul Reville, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and former state education secretary under Gov. Deval Patrick, said the 1993 reform has failed to keep pace with current demands.