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Assembly to debate funding formula today, really

June 10, 2010

Legislators had to postpone discussion of a funding formula for public schools yesterday but say they will debate the issue today. Rhode Island is the only state that does not currently have a formula, which determines state aid to school districts based on enrollment and student need.

Advocates say Rhode Island’s current system has led to gross inequities in some districts, but in a year of budget cuts fixing it requires taking money away from some cities and towns in order to better fund others.

The formula under consideration is based on a core per-student amount of $8,300, which would rise to $11,600 for low-income students. It includes a 10-year phase in period to ease the blow to districts that stand to lose significant amounts of funding.

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