The House Education Committee is slated to take up a fundamental change to the way public K-12 schools are funded in Vermont on Friday, when it considers a bill passed by the Senate to implement new per-pupil weighting factors.

The hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. Friday, with Senate Education Committee Chairperson Brian Campion, D-Bennington, and legislative counsel James DesMarais walking the committee through S. 13, a Senate bill establishing an implementation task force.

That discussion is going to be watched carefully, by school districts across the state and by a coalition of Vermonters who say both rural and urban districts have been underfunded by the formula for decades and are pushing for change.

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