12/19/09 * Daily Progress [full story]
Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, said Friday that he is moving ahead with legislation that would strip Charlottesville of nearly $3 million in school funding, kicking off what could be an ugly battle between the city and Albemarle County.
If passed, Bell’s legislation would change the state’s school funding formula to account for Charlottesville and Albemarle’s revenue-sharing agreement, granting Albemarle schools an estimated $2.9 million more in state funding next fiscal year. That would mean $2.9 million less for Charlottesville schools. Some Albemarle school officials say the revenue-sharing agreement cheats county schools out of the money, wrongfully giving it to Charlottesville schools instead.