Rep. Amore bill would tie municipal school funding to inflation or change in pupil numbers
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has introduced legislation (2017-H 5749) that would amend the Foundation Level School Support Act to standardize the amount of local school aid contributed on a yearly basis.
“Too often we find our municipal governments and their school departments at odds due to yearly changes in the amount of local school aid that is needed and received. This bill will standardize the process by tying the amount of the local contribution to the state’s CPI index and or increases and decreases in school membership numbers,” said Representative Amore.
The legislation would provide two different avenues to do this by requiring local school aid to be determined by the amount of the previous year’s aid, plus inflation or the local contribution for the previous fiscal year plus an increase on a per pupil basis for each additional pupil when average daily membership increases by at least one percent for two consecutive years.
“Our kids deserve to have the proper amount of funding that affords them the best possible education, but, due to a number of factors, this is not always the case. This legislation clearly defines the proper amount of school aid that each municipality must contribute and it does so in a fair manner that takes into account different financial and population factors,” added Representative Amore.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903