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Learning About Virginia School Funding:. How the Funding Formula works. A disproportionate burden on localities. Actual funding for: Salaries Professional Educator Positions School Construction Other School Priorities. Generally speaking….

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Learning About Virginia School Funding:

  • How the Funding Formula works.

  • A disproportionate burden on localities.

  • Actual funding for:

    • Salaries

    • Professional Educator Positions

    • School Construction

    • Other School Priorities


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Generally speaking…

  • All 50 states provide funding for public schools in one manner or another.

  • The idea is to spread out the burden of funding over a larger population to raise the “floor” level of services for all students in the Commonwealth.


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Fiscal Capacity

  • Some localities have a greater ability to fund education than others.

  • This ability, or lack of ability, is called fiscal capacity.


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Composite Index:

  • Virginia has a sound formula for determining a locality’s ability to fund education.

  • That formula is called the composite index.


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Measure of wealth

based on a

locality’s:

Sales Tax

Income Tax

Property Tax

Composite Index is a:


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Composite Index

The composite index is computed to have a theoretical range of 0 to 1.0

0.0

1.0

Extreme

Wealth

Extreme

Poverty


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Composite Index

The purpose of taxes is to redistribute wealth & spread the burden of paying for programs over many, raising the “floor” of education services for students in Virginia.


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Constitution of Virginia, Article 1

That free government rests, as does all progress, upon the broadest diffusion of knowledge, and that the Commonwealth should avail itself of those talents which nature has sown so liberally among its people by assuring the opportunity for their fullest development by an effective system of education throughout the Commonwealth. Thomas Jefferson


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Composite Index

A composite index of 0 would indicate that the locality has virtually no ability to pay and that the floor of education services would be carried almost entirely by the Commonwealth.

0

1.0

.5


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Composite Index

A composite index of 1.0 would indicate a locality has the ability to fund the “floor of education services” without any financial assistance from the Commonwealth.

1.0

0

.5


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Composite Index

A composite index of .5 would indicate a mixed level of fiscal capacity & the cost of delivering the “floor of education services” would be split approximately 50/50 between the Commonwealth and the locality.

1.0

0

.5


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Effort

  • Capacity is one issue and effort is another.

  • The resources that a locality puts into education is called local effort.


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Capacity & Effort in Virginia

Virginia ranks 15th in wealth as measured by per capita income but ranks 45th in state support for public education based on that income.

VEA Research Services, 1999-2000


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How is “Floor of Services” Established?

  • Virginia’s General Assembly examines both capacity & effort in determining funding.

  • The Standards of Quality (SOQ) provide the basis for funding educational programs and services in Virginia, but…

  • There is a problem with with how the SOQs fund the “floor” of services.


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Two Major SOQ Problems - They Do Not Fund:

  • Salaries (correctly) ...or the

  • Number of positions in the schools.


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Each of the 135 school divisions in Virginia are treated as a unit of measurement.

Each school division has equal weight regardless of size, capacity, or effort.

How Does the Formula Work?


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Highland County a unit of measurement.

Fairfax County

Highland County has the same weight in determining costs as does Fairfax County

JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee)

recommended using the “linear estimator” to calculate costs.


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What Does the a unit of measurement.Linear Estimator Do?

  • Gives equal weight to each school division in terms of costs.

  • This method underestimates the actual costs incurred by many school divisions.


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Linear Estimator says these a unit of measurement.2 districts are equal:

District 2

District 1


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Fairfax County: a unit of measurement.

10 teachers

@ $50,000/ year

Total: $500,000

Highland County:

1 teacher

@ $30,000/year

Total: $30,000

Average Salary

(using mean/average):

$500,000

+ 30,000

$530,000

$530,000 = $48,181.81

11 teachers

Average Salaries Are Part of State Funding


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Fairfax County: a unit of measurement.

10 teachers

@ $50,000/ year

Total: $500,000

Highland County:

1 teacher

@ $30,000/year

Total: $30,000

Average Salary

(using EQUALIZER formula): $50,000

+ 30,000

$80,000

$80,000= $40,000

2 school divisions

The Linear Estimator Treats Every School Division Equally:


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Fairfield & Highland a unit of measurement.

Counties --

Average Formula:

$48,181.81

Linear Estimator Formula:

$40,000.00

Does the linear estimator give the General Assembly the real picture of average salary in Virginia?

A Low Estimate:


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Salaries a unit of measurement.

  • The linear estimator model calculates a lower salary than the average.

  • The figure used by this model in

    1997-98 was more than $4,500, less than the actual average salary in Virginia.

    Source: VEA Research, Superintendent’s Annual Report, VDOE


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Salaries a unit of measurement.

This misleading calculation formula

results in severe under-funding to

localities which must

be made up by local effort –

where the burden is spread

over a smaller group of

people!


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Salaries a unit of measurement.

  • With more than 80,000 teaching positions for more than one million students in Virginia…

  • If the formula underestimates salaries by approximately $4,000 for ¾ of them…

  • Localities must come up with more than $240,000,000 in local funds to make up the difference!


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IF your Composite Index is .3 a unit of measurement.

The state pays 70% the cost of the estimated salaries.

IF your Composite Index is .7

The state pays 30% the cost of the estimated salaries.

BUT, Salaries are funded on the “Composite Index”


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The State Pays Only a Portion of What it a unit of measurement.REALLY Costs to Run Our Schools!


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Professional Positions in Schools a unit of measurement.

Virginia funds a basic number or ratio of professional positions for each 1,000 students in the school division.

51positions funded

1000students


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Professional Positions in Schools a unit of measurement.

To these 51 funded positions per 1000 students, we need to add six categorical positions:

* Special education

* Vocational education


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Professional Positions in Schools a unit of measurement.

When you add in the other category monies, there are 57 funded positions per 1,000 students.

57 positions

1000 students


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Professional Positions in Schools a unit of measurement.

When you add in the other JLARC-funded considerations, there are an average of 63 funded positions per 1,000 students.

63 positions

1000 students


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Professional Positions in Schools a unit of measurement.

The state pays for a

minimum foundation program in our schools, not the number of teachers we really need.


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The average locality has an average of 15 professional positions that the state does NOT fund and that must be funded LOCALLY.

The Average Number of Professional Positions per 1000 Students in Virginia is 78.


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Professional Positions positions that the state does

Average


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A c t u a l positions that the state does

A v e r a g e


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The State Pays Only a Portion of What it positions that the state does REALLY Costs to Run Our Schools!

The “Bottom Line.”


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We Must Ask… positions that the state does

“Do the Standards of Quality really fund high standards & quality in our schools?”


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Funding Public Education positions that the state does in Virginia by William A. Owings, Ed.D. & Leslie S. Kaplan, Ed.D.Produced by Virginia Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development106 Yorkview Road Yorktown, VA 23692 757-898-4434


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