UPDATE: School funding group cancels first meeting

UPDATE, 12:11 p.m.:

The working group canceled its first meeting, scheduled for today. The meeting would have conflicted with a Monday afternoon House floor session.


The working group to review Idaho’s school funding formula has its first meeting scheduled for this afternoon.

The work group meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in room WW17 at the Statehouse. Anyone who wants to listen in can call in at (877) 820-7831, and use the access code 936601.

The official word on the meeting went out only this morning — and the meeting might not even take place. “The Work Group meeting will be rescheduled if it conflicts with the Idaho House or Senate daily session,” the State Board of Education said in a news release.

The House and Senate have begun scheduling weekday afternoon sessions, as the Legislature hopes to wrap up its work within the next two weeks. The Senate Education Committee also is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today.

The Public School Funding Formula Workgroup is expected to spend at least the next year reviewing the school funding formula, last rewritten in 1994.  The House and Senate has approved a legislative interim committee, which will report recommendations — and perhaps propose legislation — at the start of the 2017 session.

Check back at Idaho Education News for updates on today’s meeting.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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