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Hearing set on Rep. Geiger's bill to revamp school aid

By Stephen Betts | Apr 19, 2021

Augusta — A public hearing is scheduled for April 27 on a bill proposed by Rep. Valli Geiger, D-Rockland, that would revamp the state's education funding formula to eventually be dependent on a community's per capita income.

The Rockland area school district has pointed out for years that the current formula penalizes coastal communities because it bases the amount of state aid a community will receive based on property values with the higher valued communities receiving less money.

Geiger announced April 19 that the public hearing will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday,  April 27. The Rockland Democrat said the public can send in written testimony or offer oral testimony.

The link to the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs committee is legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/EDU

"I have requested changes to the education formula, including several ways other states provide education funding. In addition, it states that until such time as the education formula is changed to include a per capita income inclusion, all additional funds including COVID-19 relief funds will be distributed on a per pupil basis," Geiger said.

She said on the link you will find a link to providing public testimony. In that link, you will find the form on which to submit written testimony or sign up to provide oral.

"Please don’t hesitate to send this on to others who may want to weigh in or testify. Please don’t hesitate to call me concerning the bill," she said.

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