Raleigh, N.C. – Today Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) announced his recent appointment to the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform by President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).
The responsibilities of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform are to review the State's current public school allotment system and undertake an in-depth study of various types of weighted student formula funding models. Additionally, this task force determines the base amount of funds that must be distributed on a per student basis to cover the cost of educating a student in the State, and identifies the student characteristics eligible for weighted funding and the associated weights for each of these characteristics. The Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform also resolves the extent to which the base amount of funds to be distributed would be adjusted based on the characteristics of each local school administrative unit, decides which funding elements, if any, would remain outside the base of funds to be distributed under a weighted student formula, and studies other funding models for elementary and secondary public schools, including public charter schools, in addition to the weighted student funding formula.
Senator Edwards said of his appointment, “In the short time that I have had the privilege to serve the citizens District 48, it has quickly become evident to me that the current method used to distribute funds to our education system needs work. It lacks transparency, is convoluted, and it is exceedingly outdated. I am elated that my challenges to the status quo have been recognized, and have secured me a post on this essential committee. I believe the work done by this committee will be vital to the livelihood of our children, and to the financial stability of our state.”