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MAKING THE GRADE: At risk students at risk in new funding formula

Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 00:56:32-05

Some of Idaho's most vulnerable children could end up with fewer resources to help them in the classroom

Idaho's public school's funding formula hasn't been updated in 25 years, but under the new plan one big hole has been revealed.

The committee working on the new formula is struggling with how to calculate dollars for "at risk" students. One example coming to light is the small northern Orofino School District. The district has a large percentage of at risk students because they run a special alternative academy to specifically try to help high school dropouts from around the state get their diploma.

Under the new formula, that school district would lose 1.3 million dollars.