With the drop in state revenue as a result of the “Great Recession” of 2008-2010, and Amendment 23’s requirement that state funding for K-12 continue to grow at the rate of student enrollment plus inflation, the legislature chose to reinterpret Amendment 23’s funding mandate to EXCLUDE additional funding for the “school disparity” factors (district’s size, cost of living, personnel costs and at-risk students).   This has since resulted in a reduction in annual K-12 funding by about $700-900 million annually which has allowed the state to continue to support other priorities such as Higher Education.

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