LWVO Position on Education Finance

LWVO has a long history of interest in Fair School Funding. Here are key positions which serve as the basis for our advocacy.

1. LWVO supports a funding system for public elementary and secondary education that is accountable and responsive to the taxpayers. LWVO believes that public funds should be used only for public schools.

2. LWVO supports a guarantee by the state of a realistic level of per pupil expenditure in all school districts…

3. State aid should be distributed to compensate for variations among school districts in their ability to raise local revenue to fund education.

4. The state aid formula should be calculated to reflect: a. the actual costs to school districts for state-mandated programs; b. meeting the educational eeds of the children within the district; c. consideration of the economic/geographic characteristics of school districts statewide.

5. Individual school districts should be required to assume a reasonable share of the financial burden and should retain the option of increasing per pupil expenditure beyond this level through local taxes.

For more information on LWVO's postion on Education Funding, read LWVO Agenda for Action 2019-2021 -- refer to pages 21, 22, 23 Read Here

Fair School Funding Plan

LWVH Fair School Funding Workshop - Featuring Ryan Pendleton -- Nov 12, 2020 Watch Here

First Hearing on Substitute HB 305 in House Finance Committee -- Nov 10, 2020 Watch Here

Press Conference for SB 376 (Senate Companion Bill to HB 305) -- Nov 6, 2020 Watch Here

Detailed Explanation of SB 376 (Senate Companion Bill to HB 305) -- Slide Presentation View Here

Comparison of Substitute HB 305 and HB 305 Read Here

District Funding Model - Base Cost Example Read Here

Fair School Funding Plan Website Read Here