Many districts will lose under the new funding model if they:

  • Employ more experienced, longer-serving teachers who make more money than the average allocation from the state;
  • Lose Local Effort Assistance, or levy equalization, which is additional money from the state for districts with lower assessed property values;
  • Currently have local levies higher than $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value;
  • Do not receive regionalization money because they aren’t considered a high cost of living area;
  • Do not have a high-poverty student population and therefore receive fewer Learning Assistance Program (LAP) funds.

Additionally, the state continues to underfund special education.

Key point: The state’s funding plan benefits some districts but it creates a shortage of funding for many school districts.