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Legislation would alter charter school funding

Legislation would alter charter school funding



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's charter schools could get a funding overhaul under a bill proposal set for consideration during the 2008 Legislature.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Bigelow, R-West Valley City, would require districts to provide a per-student allocation of property tax revenues for each student attending a charter school. Currently, charter schools are funded through local replacement money from the state, not property taxes collected by districts.

A 2006 state audit of charter schools recommended an interim study of ways to improve funding and address a funding disparity between charter schools and traditional public schools.

Bigelow says the proposal is reasonable. Neither district or charter school officials support the proposal.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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