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COVID Tax Woes Delay Funding For $1.4 Billion Student Opportunity Act

“Not having this additional funding is a recipe for disaster at this point,” Marie-Frances Rivera, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, told WGBH News.

“It’s essentially $300 million that districts across the commonwealth” will lose, Rivera said, referring to the amount of money in the governor’s pre-COVID budget for the Student Opportunity Act in fiscal 2021. That will affect mainly gateway cities who serve the most kids of color and low income kids and English language learners, she added.

“Those districts were expecting this infusion of cash, which they’re not going to get,” said Rivera.

https://www.wgbh.org/news/education/2020/06/22/economic-woes-brought-on-by-coronavirus-delay-funding-for-1-4-billion-student-opportunity-act

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