School districts could get $45M less due to budget impasse

July 10, 2017 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s more than week old budget standoff is affecting state aid to local school districts.

The state government is currently operating at last year’s spending levels. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Ken Wagner said Monday that means the DOE has about $45 million less to distribute to school districts and charter schools.

Wagner says the Office of Management and Budget has stated there’s no guarantee that local communities and school districts will receive funding increases if a budget is approved.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has said the $9.2 billion budget won’t pass unless the Senate returns and removes an amendment it added that would block further increases in reimbursement to towns for lost car-tax revenue if state revenue drops.