This time, Otter signs student mobility bill

Gov. Butch Otter has signed a stopgap “student mobility” bill — designed to provide money for schools that add students during the school year.

House Bill 603 will provide about $1 million to schools that experience student growth of at least 3 percent. The money will help a handful of virtual charters and alternative schools that pick up transfer students later in the school year.

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Gov. Butch Otter

Otter vetoed a $1.7 million student mobility bill in 2015.

Since then, the student mobility issue has become an element in a larger debate over the state’s school funding formula. A legislative committee will review the formula, last rewritten in 1994; the committee could make recommendations to the 2017 Legislature.

Lawmakers met informally Wednesday to discuss the process that awaits them. Click here for full coverage.