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Per-pupil funding changes approved by school board

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The flexibility waiver would change the way state funding is distributed. The flexibility waiver would change the way state funding is distributed.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

With recommendation from Superintendent Casey Wardynski, the Huntsville school board approved per-pupil funding. The idea behind the so-called "flexibility waiver" is to change the way state funding is distributed.

"Instead of getting money that is pinpointed to schools by a formula that is run out of Montgomery, we would get the same amount of money, but have the wherewithal to decide how to allocate it within Huntsville to meet the specific needs of our schools," said Wardynski.

Wardinski gave the example of providing for Huntsville's special needs students. The current system allots each school with the same amount of money. With per-pupil funding, schools with fewer special needs students would get less funding, while those with more get the money they need.

Per-pupil funding is not a new idea. Wardynski said many states already use this system. In fact, he said, Huntsville could be the guinea pig for state leaders.

"This would benefit Huntsville and also benefit the state because the state could take a look at how we do it," said Wardynski. "What they like about it, how they would like to generalize it if they would and what could be learned from it."

With the board's approval, the waiver heads to the state superintendent's office for final approval.

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