At the Statehouse next week, focus turns to K-12 funding issues

It’s only December, but K-12 funding issues will be front and center at the Statehouse early next week.

It starts Monday, when the state’s Office of Performance Evaluations will issue a report that breaks down the way the state distributes its K-12 dollars.

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee will meet Monday to review the report; the meeting starts at 1 p.m. at the Statehouse’s Lincoln Auditorium.

The report from OPE, the Legislature’s independent auditors, comes at a pivotal time. Legislators are looking at revamping Idaho’s complicated school funding formula for the first time since 1994. However, proposed changes aren’t expected for the 2017 legislative session, which begins on Jan. 9.

A second group of lawmakers, the Public School Funding Formula Committee, has been meeting during the legislative off-season to review aspects of the funding formula. And this committee will hold its next meeting Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. in room EW42, on the Statehouse’s garden level.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Tuesday’s meeting will begin with a review of the OPE’s K-12 funding report.

Also on Tuesday, the committee will receive the results from a State Board of Education survey on school funding issues. About 2,100 Idahoans responded to the online survey in October.

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Check back at Idaho Education News for full coverage of both meetings.


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