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How Massachusetts Schools Went from the Middle of the Pack to First Place

Imagine this: Not that long ago, in the 1970s and ‘80s, Massachusetts’ public schools were considered mediocre by many standards. Today, the state’s school system ranks among the best in the world.

What happened? Magic.

So said Republican Governor William Weld, in 1993, after he signed a landmark effort to overhaul how the state pays for its schools.