Study lays out faults in N Carolina school funding formulas

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The legislature’s government watchdog agency is tackling the complicated and often uneven formulas for distributing billions of dollars annually to North Carolina’s school districts and charter schools.

The report released Wednesday by the Program Evaluation Division to a legislative committee says the way money is allotted for paying teachers favors the wealthiest districts. The study also found spending allotments need fixing for poor districts, for children with disabilities and for those speaking English as a second language.

The committee asked staff to draft legislation for next month to create a study panel that by 2018 would recommend scrapping current formulas with one based primarily on per-pupil spending and that provides monetary premiums for specific needs. The legislation would have to be approved by the General Assembly, which reconvenes in January.