School Funding Arguments
The Committee for Educational Equality represents about 250 school districts across Missouri. They claim the state's funding formula is giving a financial advantage to wealthier districts. The formula uses assessed property value from each county to establish an accuracy target standard. That standard determines an average value the state can spend on each student. But the committee says it's flawed, because it's based on incorrect values.
The state argues, the formula is accurate, because a study proving incorrect values was not published until last year. The committee argues any errors, create a difference in the entire funding formula. It says that means not all students get an equal education.
Fulton is one of the schools involved in the lawsuit.
"The current formula does not really take into amount the increasing need to fund," explained Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Mark Enderle. "For example the state adequacy target, which I think is now six, $170 per student that was figure this year, its going to be the figure next year but then in 2008 and 2009 it only goes seven dollars per student."
Both sides of the lawsuit will continue their closing arguments next week. But one of the attorneys for the committee says he doesn't expect the judge to rule until May.