Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s “optimistic” that the Legislature and his administration can reach a deal to reform public education funding by the summer, despite past attempts falling apart in recent years when talks between House and Senate Democrats broke down.
Baker, in his inaugural address, said he would be filing a proposal later when he offers his annual budget later this month to update the Chapter 70 funding formula and implement the reforms recommended by the Foundation Budget Review Commission.
The governor on Monday said that proposal would be filed as legislation separate from the budget, allowing it to have its own hearings.
“I expect that the House will have its thoughts on what to do with that. I’m sure the Senate will have theirs as well, and it’s I think our hope that by the time we finish the discussion and the debate around the budget that that stuff will get resolved and we can move forward on that,” Baker said.