Public School Funding Changes

The House Budget Committee Chairman is unhappy that next year's proposed public school funding formula strips a requirement for how much money must be spent in the classroom.

Officials with the appropriations committee say lawmakers pressed for the mandate in the annual multi-billion dollar formula that 70% of the funding pay for instructional items at the school building level.

Superintendent of Education, John White, says the requirement was removed from next year's proposed formula because of legislative concerns that the formula should be a mathematical divvying of dollars, but not dictate policy decisions.

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