Dec 30, 2018, Lowell (MA) Sun: School leaders to push for changes in state funding http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_32357433/school-leaders-push-changes-state-funding FITCHBURG -- Area school officials will convene at a public forum next week to make the case to legislators and Gov. Charlie Baker that the state's public school funding formula needs to be amended. … The districts are asking that the state revise the formula it uses to allot money to public schools, which critics have referred to as outdated. "It's extremely important for us to advocate for a more realistic budget because obviously the formula we have now is antiquated and doesn't meet the needs of our schools and students," said Leominster School Committee Chairwoman Eileen Griffin. … Another significant change has been special education, which has had to greatly expand services as more children are being determined to have special needs.