I don't know the answer, but Governor Patrick is right. When it comes to school funding, the status quo is not working. When Swampscott gets the same Chapter 70 funding rate as Wellessly, where the median family income is $50,000 a year higher, something is very, very flawed. It's no wonder the elementary school I went to as a kid - one of the best in the state - is probably going to be shut down.
I don't know what the answer is. I doubt Governor Patrick knows the answer yet. However, we need to study this issue very, very closely - and hopefully quickly - to come up with a better solution.