A committee studying education funding in the state says the system is unfair and getting worse… and says it needs to start changing right away.
State Senator Andy Manar says less than half of state money for public schools is awarded based on a local district’s need or ability to cover its costs. As a result, he says the poorest school districts often have the highest tax rates… but still can’t make ends meet.
The committee proposes creating a simplified funding formula that will be mostly need-based. Manar says he hopes lawmakers can look past whether some districts will get less funding as a result… and focus more on the big-picture need for change.