ERIC Number: ED444230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Educational Finance Reform in Wyoming.
Neely, Robert O.; Basom, Margaret R.
This paper provides a history and analysis of educational finance in Wyoming. It offers a summary of the funding model that is currently in place and that has been challenged in court--the fourth such challenge in the past 30 years. The article focuses on the current litigation. It discusses the funding formula that was adopted by the state legislature and the various court challenges that have been directed at this formula. The report describes the process behind the determination of funding adequacy; external cost adjustments; and whether the formula components, such as the one-fourth mile rule, the small-school and small-district adjustments, funding for at-risk students, the seniority adjustment, regional cost adjustment, and miscellaneous general fund issues, are constitutionally cost-based. The paper reports that the state supreme court ruled that the following components of the general-fund formula were unconstitutional: the one-fourth mile rule, where a necessary school can only exist if there is no other school of the same type or classification within one-fourth mile; the small-school adjustment, where smaller schools receive a graduated rate per student; the small-school district adjustment, where any district with fewer than 1,351 students receives special compensation; and the regional cost of living adjustment. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Wyoming