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MAKING THE GRADE: Funding formula proposal goes public

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 19:56:43-05

A bill that affects every child, educator and school in Idaho is now public. Re-writing how schools are funded is arguably one of the most complex issues the legislature will tackle this session.

For three years, a committee has worked to figure out a fair way to redistribute money to school districts. Idaho has not updated this process in 25 years.

Simply put, the new formula is based on enrollment rather than attendance, but that means some school districts will end up with fewer dollars.

Because this issue affects so many people, the senate education committee is taking a unique approach to the legislation. They posted the proposed legislation today before a print hearing on the bill.

Some lawmakers have floated the idea of getting the funding formula passed during this session and then making changes to it in the future.

Read the full bill here.