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Published March 12, 2013, 05:45 PM

Disagreement Over New School Funding Formula

Some lawmakers and school superintendents have concerns with a new funding formula for schools. Governor Jack Dalrymple says while a few areas of the bill need to be tweaked, it is still the best option for funding K-12 education and while passing down property tax relief at the same time.

Some lawmakers and school superintendents have concerns with a new funding formula for schools. Governor Jack Dalrymple says while a few areas of the bill need to be tweaked, it is still the best option for funding K-12 education and while passing down property tax relief at the same time.

However some say the plan is far from perfect. House members changed the bill, resulting in 6 million dollars in lost funding for school districts serving Native American communities. Amendments are being worked on to correct the flaw. In addition, other schools say this new funding plan penalizes them and will mean less in state funding.

Paul Stremick, North Border Superintendent: "I don't believe school districts have asked for this formula, I really don't. Everyone is scared now when it's rolled into the tax relief that caps things of that nature are just something that puts every school district on edge."

Governor Dalrymple stands by the bill and says he K-12 school district mill levy is the best place, and the best way for the state to provide property tax relief.

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