Vt. task force takes public comment on school finance reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – A legislative task force looking at school finance reform options took comments from the public during a hearing Wednesday.

Right now, the state distributes money based on criteria including the number of students and their characteristics in a per-pupil system. The task force is looking at two options. The first is to modify the current per-pupil system and the other is categorical aid.

The per-pupil system considers economic disadvantage, English-language learners, and disabilities among students. Categorical aid would mean funds are given to schools on an as-needed basis for specific purposes.

The per-pupil system of weighting

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