Get weekly updates from Reason.
Today's Top Topics
Recent Research and Commentary
The governor's education reforms are good steps, but need to go furtherMay 15, 2013
Democratic lawmakers in Colorado just approved the first major overhaul of that state’s school finance system in 20 years. Colorado is moving to a more equitable and transparent funding system with strong accountability provisions that offer valuable lessons to California lawmakers.
Gov. Brown’s recently proposed “Local Control Funding Formula” would simplify school finance, offer school districts flexibility over more than 50 previously restricted funding streams, and provide more resources for disadvantaged students. Gov. Brown deserves credit — the proposal is a very good start. It is simpler, fairer, and more transparent than the state’s current haphazard school finance system.
Yet, there are serious issues the governor’s plan fails to address, including inequities at schools within the same district and a lack of transparent reporting of funding allocations at the school level.
The rollout of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013 continues today with the release of the Education section, which which provides an overview of the latest on school choice, charter schools, student-based budgeting and more.
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: EducationApril 29, 2013
This subsection of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013: Education reviews developments over the last year in school choice.
Making school funding more equitable and transparentMarch 5, 2013
The growth of student-based budgeting in school districts and a few states mirrors a national trend toward more decentralized school funding where the money follows the child. In the United States, we are in a transition period, moving from funding institutions to funding students. K-12 education funding is moving closer to the funding model for higher education, where the money follows students to the public, private or nonprofit school of their choice. We are moving away from a K- 12 system funded by local resources and driven by residential assignment to a system where funding is driven by parental choice and student enrollment.
Public funding systems at the state and local level are adapting to a “school funding portability” framework, where state and local school funding is attached to the students and given directly to the institution in which the child enrolls. More than 30 “school funding portability” systems (in cities like New York, Baltimore, Denver, Hartford and Cincinnati, and states including Rhode Island, Hawaii and Indiana) are funding students through student-based budgeting mechanisms. In 2012, Prince George’s County, Newark and Boston have moved to full weighted student formula systems where the money follows the child. Los Angeles Unified has more than 100 pilot schools funded on a per-pupil basis. In California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio and Utah there are ongoing legislative debates about fixing the state school finance system through a weighted student formula.
Student-based budgeting proposes a system of school funding based on five key principles:
View Resources by Type
- Greg Lukianoff: How Colleges Fight Free Speech
July 27th, 2012
- Surprise: Economic Mobility is Alive and Well in America!
June 21st, 2012
- Puerto Rico's Infrastructure Reniassance - David Alvarez on Public-Private Investment
April 16th, 2012
- Matt Ridley on Ideas having Sex, Free Trade, & Apocalyptic Science w/ Reason's Kennedy
April 16th, 2012
- Lisa Snell Discusses the Failure of the Eduational Program "Head Start" with John Stossel
April 10th, 2012
- Is Bullying an Epidemic?! Nick Gillespie on Fox & Friends
April 5th, 2012
- Student Loans Burdening Seniors and Preschoolers?! Lisa Snell Discusses the Education Monopoly on Fox Business
April 4th, 2012
- John Stossel on the Successes of Freedom in Education
April 1st, 2012
- Teachers Union and NAACP Sue NY Charter School: An Update on Bob Bowdon's Choice Media TV
March 22nd, 2012
- Mark Frauenfelder on DIY Super-Humanism, Unschooling and the Future of Print Journalism
March 20th, 2012
- Adrian Moore Discusses California's Raising Tuition Rates on Fox Business
March 16th, 2012
- Milton & Rose Friedman's Legacy of School Reform
March 5th, 2012
- Will More Federal Money Help Our Schools? Peter Suderman on Fox Business
February 8th, 2012
- There is Hope for Education in America! Andrew Campanella Tells Us Why
January 27th, 2012
- 3 Reasons School Choice is Growing
January 24th, 2012
- What We Saw at National School Choice Week Kickoff in New Orleans
January 23rd, 2012
- Government Tracking Our Kids?! - Lisa Snell Discusses Student Privacy on CNN's OutFront
December 30th, 2011
- 3 Reasons We Shouldn't Bail Out Student Loan Borrowers
November 18th, 2011
- Singularity University: A School for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World
November 9th, 2011
- Nick Gillespie Addresses Occupy Wall Street's Call for Student Loan Bailouts on Freedom Watch
October 26th, 2011
- Steven Brill on How to Fix Public Schools
October 17th, 2011
- Lee Doren - Author of "Please Enroll Responsibly" and How the World Works
October 13th, 2011
- How School Choice & Privatization Can Help Fix America: Lisa Snell & Harris Kenny at FreedomFest
September 27th, 2011
- Matt Welch Talks School Choice with Journalist Michelle Bernard
September 22nd, 2011
- Bob Bowdon: What's Next for School Choice - and New Media
August 17th, 2011
- Lessons for Gov. Brown’s California School Finance Plan (5/15)
- New at Reason: Looking Back at the Last Year in Education Reform and School Choice (4/29)
- Weighted Student Formula in the States (4/29)
- Chicago Schools to Implement Student-Based Budgeting and Principal Autonomy (3/18)
- A Handbook for Student-Based Budgeting, Principal Autonomy and School Choice (3/5)
Experts: Weighted Student Formula
- Lisa Snell
Director of Education
RSS Feeds: Weighted Student Formula
Media ContactChris Mitchell
Director of Communications
Your tax-deductible gift can help us promote individual liberty, choice, and free minds and free markets.