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Study recommends some adjustments in school funding system; adequacy of funding not addressed

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska's school funding system has the right elements to address various needs across the state, according to a new study.

The report recommends adjustments, though, in several areas, including a change to address situations where small enrollment changes can mean big differences in funding.

The study, done by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, found the system does little to differentiate funding based on actual student characteristics and that some of the adjustments for student characteristics haven't been addressed in years.

The study focused on the structure of the funding system, not the adequacy of funding.

The study suggested the state look into equitable approaches to adjusting the local share of school funding. Litigation is pending over the state's required local contribution.

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