WV BOE Finance Committee Recommends Changes to Funding Formula

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia Board of Education committee on school finance and funding has formally approved recommendations for changes to the state School Aid funding formula.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that changes intended to make funding more equitable and more directly meet student’s needs were approved Tuesday.

Board member and committee chairman, Tom Campbell, says they have to look at the long-term cost to the state, and the cost of children who aren’t successful. The Board of Education will take up recommendations at its meeting Dec. 12. They’ll include increasing pay and the number of positions for teachers and school service personnel.

Declining public school enrollment is projected to reduce state funding for the School Aid formula by about $30 million in the 2018-19 budget year.