Funding Formula: Dollars per Student

New Warwick School Committee member Eugene Nadeau has been quoted in the ProJo and stated this morning on the WPRO Morning News that he is against the new School Funding formula:

Eugene Nadeau, a member of the Warwick School Committee, said the formula is a “sweetheart deal” for Providence, which he said will receive five times as much aid as his school district.
“We have to subsidize the Pawtuckets and the Providences,” he told about 30 colleagues from around the state. “We’re being short-changed. It’s an abomination.”

Based on the latest information I could gather from various sources, here is the per pupil state subsidy for Rhode Island public school students using the new formula:

District Total Students FY 2012 Funding Per Student
Central Falls 2848 $41,811,218 $14,680.91
Providence 23573 $182,710,182 $7,750.82
Woonsocket 6110 $44,999,994 $7,364.97
Pawtucket 8886 $63,214,367 $7,113.93
West Warwick 3520 $19,047,703 $5,411.28
Bristol Warren 3474 $18,410,883 $5,299.62
Burrillville 2460 $12,590,521 $5,118.10
Newport 2037 $10,231,545 $5,022.85
Glocester 584 $2,874,344 $4,921.82
Foster 274 $1,236,720 $4,513.58
East Providence 5638 $24,725,686 $4,385.54
Foster-Glocester 1296 $5,374,297 $4,146.83
Chariho 3528 $13,705,701 $3,884.84
North Providence 3278 $12,163,986 $3,710.79
Middletown 2407 $8,867,743 $3,684.15
Exeter-West Greenwich 1805 $6,599,824 $3,656.41
Coventry 5311 $18,623,507 $3,506.59
Warwick 10261 $33,718,511 $3,286.08
Johnston 3083 $10,033,085 $3,254.33
Cranston 10738 $33,589,074 $3,128.06
Tiverton 1906 $5,201,024 $2,728.76
Cumberland 4846 $12,654,496 $2,611.33
North Smithfield 1764 $4,551,639 $2,580.29
South Kingstown 3527 $8,579,666 $2,432.57
North Kingstown 4409 $10,710,031 $2,429.13
Lincoln 3301 $6,795,044 $2,058.48
Smithfield 2467 $4,812,133 $1,950.60
Westerly 3098 $5,975,377 $1,928.79
Scituate 1628 $3,081,712 $1,892.94
Portsmouth 2796 $5,132,335 $1,835.60
Narragansett 1479 $1,457,333 $985.35
Little Compton 309 $275,529 $891.68
Jamestown 492 $382,657 $777.76
Barrington 3498 $2,467,090 $705.29
East Greenwich 2398 $1,436,872 $599.20
New Shoreham 128 $65,960 $515.31


Here is the per student subsidy for Charter schools:

District Total Students FY 2012 Funding Per Student
Trinity 34 $708,398 $20,835.24
Met School 650 $12,027,542 $18,503.91
Davies C&T 816 $13,960,522 $17,108.48
Blackstone Valley 256 $3,849,492 $15,037.08
Segue Institute 140 $1,746,233 $12,473.09
Times 2 Academy 650 $6,981,187 $10,740.29
Learning Community 471 $5,054,820 $10,732.10
Textron 213 $2,271,088 $10,662.38
Paul Cuffee 559 $5,904,155 $10,561.99
Blackstone 164 $1,589,968 $9,694.93
Highlander 282 $2,682,140 $9,511.13
International 312 $2,934,630 $9,405.87
Beacon 224 $1,880,544 $8,395.29
Greene School 81 $654,585 $8,081.30
NE Laborers 218 $1,728,789 $7,930.22
Kingston Hill 179 $727,305 $4,063.16
Compass 153 $616,322 $4,028.25


The state has different obligations (ie; basically foots the entire bill) for some charter schools and, for instance, Central Falls, largely because the formula takes into account a variety of factors related to the economic makeup of the district/student population (PowerPoint).
SOURCES: Providence Journal Funding Formula Chart, RIDE Statistics, Schoolfinder at Education.com (Textron and Times 2 student population), Schooldigger.com (NE Laborers Academy student population).

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Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

“Eugene Nadeau, a member of the Warwick School Committee, said the formula is a “sweetheart deal” for Providence, which he said will receive five times as much aid as his school district.”
Where’s Politifact when you need them?

Aldo
Aldo
10 years ago

“Where’s Politifact when you need them?”
They’re not looking at “Ms.Debbie’s” Resume and her “sweetheart” deal with the Stat, that’s for sure.
How many Rhode Islandr’s know that they are paying for her PhD at an out of state school?
How many know that she has taught a toal of 8 years in grades 1, 2 and 3?
Absolutely ZERO track record at the Secondary level where all the problems are!!!
In Washington, DC she was a fundraiser for Michele Rhee!!! DC’s schools? A shambles, before, during and after her tenure there!!! What is her record of accomplishment?
Oh, that’s right. She was “Teacher of the Year”! Not at the State level! Not at the District level! But at one of her ELEMENTARY Schools. Talk about inflating her resume…
The woman is a fraud and a sham, yet the Projo doesn’t want to provide the taxpayers of RI with a clear picture regarding her background!!

mangeek
mangeek
10 years ago

“We have to subsidize the Pawtuckets and the Providences”
And the Pawtuckets and Providences have to host you seat of government, your hospitals, your universities, and hordes of sick and elderly in towers. We also host the core area where the actual wealth-creation is happening (the downtown area).
I suggest Mr. Nadeau contemplate what his district would look like if Providence wasn’t pulling so much weight for it.
This is just how funding formulas work, there’s a reason every single state except for RI has one.

BobN
BobN
10 years ago

It says a lot about Rhode Island’s education establishment, none of it good, that a mediocrity like Deborah Gist stands head and shoulders above the rest of the players.

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

Wow, this is a rough week between me and mangeek…
“And the Pawtuckets and Providences have to host you seat of government, your hospitals, your universities, and hordes of sick and elderly in towers”
And Warwick hosts your airport. Which one brings more money to state’s tax rolls, the airport or the universities, hospitals and elderly housing?

Russ
Russ
10 years ago

Wrong question, Patrick. The question is, which city has more tax exempt property? The alternative (a bad one, imho), let Providence tax the universities and hospitals, state government buildings, maybe even institute a commuter tax like in NYC.
(btw, by far it’s the universities and hospitals, although I don’t intend to minimize the vital importance of TF Greene to the region.)

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

Russ, are you saying you believe that the hospitals and colleges pay more in taxes than the airport? I don’t know what the answer is, but with the tax exempt status, I’d think the airport can come pretty close.

Monique
Editor
10 years ago

“, this is a rough week between me and mangeek…”
I’ve decided that, about a week ago, Mangeek must have been hijacked by a leftie space alien at which point he got turned into a tax-happy progressive pod person. 😉

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