• Vt. House expected to approve ed funding change
    April 25,2013

    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER — The Vermont House is poised to pass the first significant change in years to the state’s education funding system.

    The bill the House is expected to give final approval to Thursday is designed to reduce the growth in education funding.

    Vermont’s statewide education funding system uses a combination of taxes to provide a basic funding amount. Schools that opt to spend more are penalized.

    One change being considered would be to reduce the penalty for schools that spend more than 25 percent above the statewide average. Over a period of time, that threshold would be reduced to 21 percent.

    Bristol Rep. Dave Sharpe says the bill is a step toward reducing the growth in education spending.

    But Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann says she doesn’t think the bill goes far enough.

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