RALEIGH, N.C. — The state is poised to make changes in how it pays for school nurses.
The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee voted Monday to ask state school and health officials to overhaul the funding formula, which has been based for years on a per-student ratio.
Low-income and rural school districts say that formula doesn’t accurately reflect the needs of different communities, so educators and health officials are being asked to devise a new way to calculate the actual workload for a nurse in a given district, based on such data as the percentage of exceptional children, the district’s poverty level and what other health care is available in a community.
Although the School Nurse Association of North Carolina favors the proposed overhaul, spokesman Alex Miller said changing the formula doesn’t change the fact that the state isn’t adequately funding school nurses to meet even the old standards.
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