Educational Technology

March 18, 2017

Lawmakers want to tie online course funding to classroom funding formula

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Bryan Schott, Utah Policy

There’s an interesting little clause tucked away inside the public education budget that has the state’s largest teachers union wary. HB2 contains some intent language that ties the amount of money appropriated to pay for online courses used by private and homeschooled children to the weighted pupil unit, the basic integer of school funding. The reason for the change is to better deal with paying for the anticipated increase in the number of students who might take advantage of those programs beginning in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. In 2015, more students than anticipated used the online education programs, which resulted in a funding deficit.

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