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Senate Select Committee on K-12 Education Funding

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The Senate Education Committee held their Select Committee on K-12 Funding on Tuesday. Senator Hayes commenced the meeting by remarking on the seven areas the meeting was to emphasize. Representatives of the Dept. of Education and the Education Oversight Committee delivered notable presentations covering issues that included the following:

  1. Statutory flexibility and statutory deregulation
  2. Comparison and reform
  3. Per pupil funding methods
  4. 4-K cost estimate on a statewide level
  5. Teacher pay flexibility
  6. S.C. public charter school funding
  7. School district consolidation

Janice Poda, Deputy Superintendent for Administration with the Dept. of Education was the first to present before the committee. Recommendations the department focused on were flexibility (so as to establish a new system of student-centered funding and the permanent codifying of current flexibility provisos), deregulation (as granted to charter schools so as to eliminate many elements of title 59, if not in its entirety), and public charter school district funding (so as to encapsulate funding into a broader funding methodology for public school choice, as to provide options and other avenues of choice to parents and children such as charter, magnet and Montessori schooling, among others).

For more information on weighted student funding, see chapter 10 of Unleashing Capitalism.

Dr. Jo Anne Anderson, Executive Director of the Education Oversight Committee, and Melanie Barton, Director of Policy Development and Evaluation, introduced a per pupil funding methodology based on the EOC funding model.  The State funding allocated in the presentation—based along three main premises—incorporated the programs the state wants to offer (the quality of the courses and their consistency based on statutory requirements or regulation), differences among students (the realization that considerable differences exist amongst students including students with disabilities, young adults, and gifted students, second language students, etc.), and the partnership between local and State funding entities (providing responsibility of the State for students based on an equity system in terms of resources and economic conditions of students). 

The full SC EOC report can be found here.

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Written by SCPC

October 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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