Local officials are seething about Thursday's announcement of $168 million in federal stimulus funds for education -- the bulk of which they say will go to help wealthy towns and cities that routinely fail to meet the state's required minimum contributions.If the Governor's asinine formula considers North Adams and Adams to have a strong "foundation" compared to wealthy suburban districts, then there is obviously something wrong with the formula.
While a few local communities received funding as part of the package, others, such as North Adams and Williamstown, were left out in the cold.
The town of Adams received a mere $30 -- to assist with tuition payments to other districts.
As part of the announcement, Gov. Deval L. Patrick said the funds would assist cities and towns in meeting their obligation to fund their school districts at "foundation" level -- the minimum contribution to run a school district.