A new bill in the Vermont House of Representatives aiming to change the state’s educational spending formula could help schools better meet the needs of pre-K-12 students.
H.54, introduced last month by a tripartisan slate of legislators, proposes changes to the weighting factors used to calculate equalized pupils. Weighting factors reflect the resources a district needs to educate students based on certain characteristics, including students from low-income backgrounds, students with different learning needs, and students for whom English is not their primary language.
Equalized pupil counts determine education property tax rates for districts. A higher equalized pupil count means lower tax rates for a district.
According to the bill, “This benefit provides the district with greater taxing capacity that can be used to increase its education spending, resulting in more resources to benefit students and improve student outcomes.”
The bill calls