“At Atlanta Public Schools, our theory of action for student success is the following: if local school communities are empowered to make more site-based decisions that are impactful for students; and that if they are supported from a central office of subject matter experts; then they will make the best decisions that ultimately impact student outcomes and prepare them for college and career.” — Lisa Bracken, CFO, Atlanta Public Schools
Student-Based Budgeting in the News
CCSD Superintendent: Some Kids Cost More to Educate
Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara calls on Nevada lawmakers to update the state’s school finance formula by moving to weighted-student funding.
Atlanta Public Schools CFO on Student-Based Budgeting
Lisa Bracken answers six questions on APS’s transition to a new funding model.
Opinion: Stop Trying to Claim that Charter Schools Steal Money from Traditional Public Schools
Although charter expansion contributes to declining enrollment in traditional districts, it is wrong to suggest that traditional school districts cannot adapt and downsize in the long-run.
Research and Resources Spotlight
Student-Centered Funding for Districts: A Policy Playbook
State policymakers can ensure that the funding they send to districts fully follows students from school to school.
Charter School Funding: (More) Inequity in the City
A new study finds that public charter schools receive an average of $5,828 less per-pupil than traditional public schools.
How Local Education Funding Favors Politics Over Parents—And How to Fix It
Virtually all school finance formulas are embedded with provisions that distribute resources inequitably, but few realize how these inefficiencies obstruct the kind of choice policies that empower parents. A primary source of this problem is local education revenues.
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