Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, February 2019
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Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter

Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, February 2019

Personalizing education funding, North Carolina's school finance system in need of an overhaul, and more.

Notable Quotable

“Those of us who interact with districts routinely hear district leaders describe how they add extra funds for non-Title I schools precisely ‘because they don’t get Title I.’ That’s a clear violation of the law. Let’s hope districts can hear it.” —Marguerite Roza, Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University

Student Based Budgeting in the News

New Education Department Guidance: Sorry Not Sorry
Equity advocates might be disappointed with the latest guidance from the Department of Education, but school-level reporting requirements and forthcoming “data will surface spending patterns that for many locales will be indefensible.”

Study Finds $23 Billion in Funding Gaps for Schools
A new report by EdBuild found substantial disparities between districts serving mostly nonwhite students and those with predominantly white student populations. The full report can be found here.

How Will LAUSD Afford its New Contract?
The teachers’ strike is over in Los Angeles, but the heavy lifting has just begun as the school district’s fiscal crisis deepens.

Personalizing Education Funding
Rather than allocating dollars to specific public schools, students would receive funding based on their needs and parents could direct this money toward a customized educational experience.

School Vouchers Aren’t Welfare for the Rich
School choice isn’t about leaving poor families behind––it’s about empowering parents to hold schools accountable.

North Carolina’s School Finance System Is In Need of an Overhaul
The state’s antiquated formula allocates resources that come with strings attached but there’s a path to “a more equitable, effective, and transparent process.”

Research and Resources Spotlight  

The Future of K-12 Funding
School choice programs can be built into state funding systems so there is a “coherent” system that benefits all students.

Follow School Finance Groups and Experts on Twitter

Education Research Strategies @ERStrategies
Center on Reinventing Public Education @CRPE_UW
Afton Partners @aftonpartners
Edunomics Lab @EdunomicsLab
Public Impact @publicimpact
EdBuild @EdBuild
Reason Foundation @AaronGarthSmith
Allovue @AllovueBalance
Allovue @jessgartner

Aaron Garth Smith is the director of education reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.