State School Funding Comes in $15.3M Higher for Loudoun

The goal full funding the Fiscal Year 2022 school budget for the Board of Supervisors got even easier this week as more money than anticipated was allocated to Loudoun by the state government.

On Tuesday, the school division announced that the state allocation would be $426.7 million—$15.3 million more than was included in the School Board’s adopted $1.4 billion budget. 

That action reduces the amount of local tax funding that that will be needed to $1.036 billion. Each penny in the local real estate tax rate is worth an estimated $9.89 million in the county budget this year.

The increased state funding also allows the division to comply with new state standards for specialized support positions.

The state revenue changes include increases to the cost of competing adjustment for basic aid, sales tax, compensation, and lottery allotments. It also provides money to comply with updated Standards of Quality requirements, now mandating at least three specialized student support positions—social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, licensed behavior analysts, licensed assistant behavior analysts and other licensed health and behavioral positions—per 1,000 students. The School Board’s adopted budget provides staffing at approximately two such positions per 1,000 students.

The requested increase in local tax funding already had been lower than expected in the county’s funding formula, creating the expectation the request would be fully funded this year. The Board of Supervisors has held a series of budget work sessions and typically holds a final adoption vote at the beginning of April.

6 thoughts on “State School Funding Comes in $15.3M Higher for Loudoun

  • 2021-03-16 at 4:17 pm
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    Why not cut $15,300,000.00 from the school budget and return the funds to the taxpayers?

    I know it won’t happen, but it is painfully obvious that unlimited spending isn’t sustainable. And the ongoing failures by LCPS do not have to be rewarded with increased funding.

    Are there any responsible adults running Loudoun County?

    • 2021-03-17 at 10:43 am
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      ace10, they will cut if from the SB budget request to the County. The school Board already adopted a budget for X amount of money. Their budget/request doesn’t go up by $15.3 million just because more is coming from the state than expected. It sounds like the state is just providing more funding to the school commitments they are already supposed to be paying for, thereby reducing the additional local money needed.

  • 2021-03-16 at 6:15 pm
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    Here is what teachers are former teachers are doing on Facebook in Loudoun County. Maybe the county BoS and school board ought to look into this since the LCSO is already. The current county prosecutor is a member of the FB witch hunt. Want to bet more county officials are involved? Shameful!

    A group of current and former teachers and others in Loudoun County, Virginia compiled a lengthy list of parents suspected of disagreeing with school system actions, including its teaching of controversial racial concepts — with a stated purpose in part to “infiltrate,” to use “hackers” to silence parents’ communications, and to “expose these people publicly.”

    Members of a 624-member private Facebook group called “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” named parents and plotted fundraising and other offline work. Some used pseudonyms, but The Daily Wire has identified them as a who’s who of the affluent jurisdiction outside D.C., including schools staff and elected officials.

    The sheriff’s criminal investigations division is reviewing the matter — but the group’s activities might be no surprise to top law enforcement because the county’s prosecutor, narrowly elected with the help of $845,000 in cash from George Soros, appears to be a member of the Facebook group.

    Secret communications reviewed by The Daily Wire do not offer any evidence of racism by the group’s targets, or even attempt to. Their opponents were apparently those who objected to, sought to debate, or were even simply “neutral” about “critical race theory,” a radical philosophy opposed by many liberals and conservatives but increasingly embraced by governments.

    In recent years, Loudoun’s school system has flooded its curricula and policies with racial rhetoric, paying about $500,000 to one racial consulting company alone. It required all staff to undergo “Equity in the Center” training that promoted a sense of injustice and urgency.

    • 2021-03-17 at 1:39 pm
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      If HALF of what was published in that story proves to be true, we’ve got an even more serious problem than any reasonable person would have even imaged.

      Brown shirts in Loudoun. Wrapped in the banner of “anti-racism.”

      Truly evil stuff from the LCPS and their surrogates.

  • 2021-03-16 at 9:04 pm
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    Our county is funding schools that weren’t open most of the school year and yet they don’t want to significantly lower our property taxes!!

  • 2021-03-17 at 3:29 pm
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    If they’re not going to lower the tax rate by $0.02 than perhaps they can eliminate the fees parents have to pay for extracurricular activities, or maybe any one of the other fees they nickle and dime families for.

    BTW -I have no kids in school so mine is not a self serving suggestion.

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