When lawmakers file a school finance bill, they publish a spreadsheet showing how the new funding formulas affect each of the state's more than 1,000 school districts. This year, with a proposed budget that currently cuts $9.8 billion from public schools, no such spreadsheets have been published.
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"We'll be laying out a budget that cuts $9.8 billion out of the schools," Hochberg said. "But that's a number that doesn't mean anything to a legislator unless they know that means you're taking between $500 and $2,500 dollars" per weighted student out of their local district.
"Given the drastic effects on many district as a results of the budget cuts, I truly hope this bill is a starting line, not a finish line," Hochberg said. "This is not a bill I would like to vote for as currently drawn."
Hochberg's per-district calculations aren't out just yet, but the new funding formulas would increase the number of so-called Robin Hood school districts, wealthy districts whose funding is partially redistributed to poorer districts, and increase the amount taken from existing Robin Hood districts.