Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013
Sen. Kyle Loveless
Measure on school district funding calculations moves to
The Senate Appropriations Committees approved Senate
Bill 576 Wednesday to change how school district funding is calculated.
Currently, school districts can use the highest weighted average
daily membership (ADM) of either of the previous two years, or the
first nine weeks.
Under SB 576, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, school districts
could only use the previous year or first nine weeks’ weighted
ADM for the purposes of calculating the State Aid formula.
Sen. Kyle Loveless, the Senate author of the measure, says the bill
will ensure schools get the funds they actually qualify for each
year, which, in most cases, will lead to additional funding per
“By making this change, funding for school districts will
be more exact as it will be based on the number of actual students
accounting for recent transfers and student moves. School district
numbers can fluctuate dramatically from semester to semester so
it makes no sense why school districts would use attendance numbers
that are two years old when they could have lost or gained hundreds
of students during that time,” said Loveless, R-Oklahoma City.
“Ultimately, this change will lead to an increase in funding
per student, which is great news for school districts. More districts
across the state will receive more money, depending on how fast
they are growing. As we are trying to be more responsive and flexible
to the needs of our education system, this is a tool that will help
all children across Oklahoma.”
SB 576 passed the full Appropriations Committee by a vote of 11-10
with Chairman Clark Jolley casting the tie-breaking vote. The bill
will now go before the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Loveless: (405) 521-5618