The Joint Finance Committee is considering a K-12 education plan that boosts low-spending districts, raises voucher income limits, and ties the hands of local school boards from going to referendum to exceed spending caps. The overall package is less than the governor’s $649 million plan, but keeps about $500 million into categorical aids split evenly among school districts.
Expanding the income limits for the statewide voucher program would add an additional 550 students in 2018-19, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The current limit is 185 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $44,955 for a family of four in 2017-18. That would go to 220 percent, or $53,460.
The revenue limits for low-spending districts, now $9,100 per student, would increase to $9,300 per pupil in 2017-18 and $9,400 in 2018-19. The limit would then increase $100 per year through 2022-23, when it would be $9,800 per student.