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Ducey budget will cost Mountain Institute JTED nearly $343,000

Over the past few weeks, since the devastating budget cuts to education were released, Mountain Institute JTED (MIJTED) has been determining the impact the budget cuts will have for students who take JTED programs either at their home high school or at central campus.

The budget cuts reduce the base support level funding provided to districts and charters who have students who are taking a JTED class on their campus. The districts or charters would normally earn full funding for their students, but based on the budget cut, the funding will be dropped from 100 percent to 92.5 percent funded.

MIJTED will also receive a 7.5 percent funding reduction in the allocation that they get from the state. District or charter school will be able to use a portion of the money that they receive from the JTED to offset the 7.5 percent cut. In essence, MIJTED would absorb the full 15 percent cut if those funds are used by the school districts. Schools cannot prohibit or discourage a student from attending or enrolling in a JTED course.

It may not seem that a 7.5 percent cut to the budget would cause an issue, but for MIJTED it is significant. Mountain Institute JTED will have a funding loss of $670.08 per satellite student count for an overall funding loss (based on this year's enrollment) of approximately $147,256 for fiscal year 2017, the first year that the cuts will be imposed.

MIJTED will also lose $670.08 per central campus student count for an additional funding loss of $195,703, again based on the current year's enrollment. The overall projected funding loss for MIJTED is $342,960 based on the new budget cuts.

This funding loss will require MIJTED to restructure and eliminate services that have been provided to member districts in the past. MIJTED is committed to continue providing high quality programs to its students. The budget cuts will have significant impact on MIJTED, but even with reduced resources, MIJTED will continue to train, certify and get students hired.

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