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On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate will consider a bill that would recalculate the expected cost of public education across the state — and could drive millions more dollars into schools over the course of several years.

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Jamaica Plain Democrat, is the bill’s lead sponsor. She co-chaired a commission that looked into the existing budget formula back in 2015.

That commission found that districts were being asked to pay radically more than state benchmarks anticipated.

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
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The Massachusetts attorney general's office went on the defensive during a state Supreme Judicial Court hearing Tuesday.

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
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In court Tuesday, federal judge Mark Wolf accused the Department of Homeland Security of breaking its own rules by holding immigrants who are married or engaged to American citizens for extended periods without notifying them of their right to a hearing or notifying their attorneys.

The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. He’s now in a residential unit for at least 30 days.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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With Massachusetts state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's resignation taking effect last Friday, four of his colleagues from western Massachusetts announced plans to "collectively advocate" for the needs and policy priorities of the 24 communities in his district. 

In a file photo, Senate President Harriette Chandler reads a statement accepting the findings of the ethics investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Last week saw the resignation of Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg, following the release of an ethics report that chastised the Amherst Democrat for a "failure of leadership." This week, the Senate tries to move on. 

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The timing of Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg's resignation from the Massachusetts Senate leaves one candidate in a strong position to succeed him. 

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, onetime leader of the Massachusetts Senate chamber, left Beacon Hill under duress after a three-decade career.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg of Amherst announced he will resign from the legislature on Friday after more than 30 years of service. His decision follows this week's critical ethics report and calls from state leaders for him to resign.

Puerto Rican families displaced by hurricanes last year and relocated to Western Massachusetts seek help from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and are trying to deliver messages to their offices in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will keep paying for temporary housing until the end of June for hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico. But it says it's the last extension it will offer. 

Massachusetts state Senator Stanley Rosenberg in a file photo.
Kristin LaFratta / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the legislature at the end of the week.

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