Governor orders review of state’s education funding formula

By The Associated Press 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Governor Gina Raimondo is ordering the first review of the state’s education aid funding formula.

Lawmakers expressed concerns during the legislative session that charter schools may be siphoning money from public schools, but didn’t change the formula.        

The Democratic governor said as she launched the review Thursday that it’s time to ensure the formula enacted in 2010 is working.        

Each school receives an amount from the state per pupil, adjusted based on a district’s wealth, school population and number of economically disadvantaged students enrolled.

When a child enrolls in a charter school, the money follows the child. 

Leaders of some traditional public schools say the formula is unfair, saying districts have expenses that charters don’t, and charters get a cut of the aid for those services.

© The Associated Press/WLNE-TV 2015