My name is Jane Wittmeyer and I am with the Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families.
I recently met many of you at an IDVA Picture Day and spoke to the larger group of parents regarding taking action on seeking equity in school funding for virtual students and mobile students.
I want to let you know about an opportunity to have your voice heard on the matter of equal funding for virtual school students. There is an opportunity for you to testify before a State Committee that is working on a new funding formula for your students.
The Public School Funding Formula Committee will meet on October 17, 2016 beginning at 11:00 A.M at North Idaho College Workforce Training Center, Room 108 in Post Falls, ID. Public testimony will be heard from 5-7 P.M.
If you attend in person you can speak before the Legislators on the Committee.
If you are not able to attend, you could email your Statement to:
Senator Winder, Co-chair email@example.com
Senator Mortimer firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bayer email@example.com
Senator Thayn firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ward-Engelking email@example.com
Representative Horman, Co-chair WendyHorman@house.idaho.gov
Speaker Bedke firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative VanOrden email@example.com
Representative Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative McCrostie email@example.com
Sherri Ybarra, Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Linda Clark, Board of Education email@example.com
This is a rare opportunity for parents and families to let the Legislators know that you support equal funding for virtual and charter school students. (The current formula discriminates against virtual school students and mobile students.)
I hope you will take this opportunity to let the decision makers know that there is support for equity for virtual school students.
See below for a draft you can use.
Draft Statement for your use.
Statement before the Public School Funding Formula Committee
October 2016 Post Falls, Idaho
My name is _____________ and I have student(s) in a virtual school. I am here today to request this Committee to address the issue of student mobility in Idaho. As you know, Idaho’s salary formula is based upon average daily attendance which reflects the number of students in class during a set period at the beginning of each school year. This is an old model and needs to be changed to reflect student mobility.
Students don’t stay in one school like they used to. Many students move from one school to another for different reasons during the year. Idaho needs to adopt a new funding formula that accurately reflects actual enrollment.
Clearly, Idaho funds a vastly different school system in 2016. From classroom technology to dual-credit courses to virtual charter schools, the demands on state K-12 dollars have changed.
The old funding formula shows its age in many ways.
I agree, with Rep. Wendy Horman’s recent statement: No one has trouble identifying shortcomings in the current system…. myriad line items fall short of funding needs…Charter school advocates want money to accommodate students who transfer midyear — and they’d like help in 2016, not later.
Thank you for the opportunity to come before the Committee today.