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North Carolina lawmakers to take up education financing reform again Wednesday

North Carolina lawmakers will again take on the “heavy lift” of reforming the state’s education funding system Wednesday morning.

Members of the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform are expected to consider funding methods in other states in the coming days, part of the panel’s slow roll-out.

GOP lawmakers convened the task force this year after a 2016 report from the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division criticized the state’s allocation funding system, which is built on 37 different allotments used to dispense cash to local school systems.

And, despite some criticism, legislators aren’t likely to take up the sufficiency of the state’s K-12 funding anytime soon. 

Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union

“But adequacy is a different issue,” committee co-chair Craig Horn, R-Union, said earlier this month. “This is an issue of what funds we have, and how they’re distributed. Because, regardless of how much money we have, if we’re not distributing it properly and for the benefit of students, then we’re wasting money.”

Lawmakers have indicated they hope to simplify the complicated funding system, although advocates have urged legislators to be cautious in order to avoid “unintended consequences.”

For more background on the task force, check out Policy Watch’s Facebook live recording Monday.

Wednesday’s meeting is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the General Assembly’s legislative office building. Look for live Twitter updates on the meeting from Policy Watch @billy_k_ball.

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