The State Board of Education announced that an informal “working group” has been established to look at a possible overhaul of Idaho’s public school funding formula. The working group is expected to request legislative approval for an interim committee to study the topic as well. The IEA looks forward to working with these groups and sharing the perspectives of classroom teachers and professional educators.
Senator Chuck Winder, R-Boise, and Representative Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, will co-chair the working group, which will be made up of legislators and representatives from the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education and the governor’s office. It appears unlikely that any legislation will come from the group this session.
The working group is charged with moving forward on one of the recommendations delivered by the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Education, which targeted a move from an Average Daily Attendance funding model to one based on Average Daily Enrollment. As a result of information gathered over the last two years, the working group will investigate a significantly broader revamping of the state’s funding formula for public education.
“The education landscape has changed, and our formula needs to be updated to fund new elements such as virtual education, the increasing mobility of our students, and the state’s move toward mastery-based education,” said Representative Horman in a press release from the State Board of Education.
Idaho’s current funding formula dates back to legislation that was passed in to law in 1994. It has been modified several times since then, but there is growing sentiment in the direction of a fairly complete overhaul.
You can read the entire story, including the complete text of the press release at Idaho Education News.