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State Public School Funding To Decrease

March 16th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

During recent budget presentations, Randy Bittinger, Finance Director for the Allegany County Board of Education, reported that state funding for the Allegany County Public School System is expected to fall by $80,000 compared to last year due to freezes on key factors that determine funding. Allegany County, which receives 70 percent of its funding from the state, was allocated nearly $73.9 million in state aid for fiscal year 2015. The state is expected to reduce funding for Allegany County to just more than $73.8 million for FY 2016. According to Bittinger, two funding factors, the wealth-based per pupil amount and an adjustment for net taxable income, have been frozen by the state. Had these factors not been frozen and state school funding factors left the same, Allegany County would have received a $1.2 million increase in funding for FY 2016. Superintendent David Cox says although it’s an uphill battle, school officials across the state are holding out hope that the General Assembly will restore those funds….





 

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