Georgia’s education funding formula: It’s complicated

The General Assembly is unlikely to change Georgia’s education funding formula this session, legislators have told Capitol Beat.

A state Senate study committee chaired by Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, met several times last fall to consider changes to the state’s complicated education funding method, which was established in 1985. The formula provides funds to local school districts based on how many students are enrolled, using a host of additional factors to determine amounts.

One bill would, if passed, address the poverty weight this session. House Bill 3, sponsored by Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, would provide an additional 25% in funding for each student living in poverty.

“In our opinion, it’s surgical and good stewardship, said David Schaefer, vice president at the left-leaning Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

Read the full article in the Douglas County Sentinel.

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