Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, March 2017

Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter

Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, March 2017

"The state's neediest students should actually receive the tax dollars that voters and the Legislature intended to spend on them."

Notable Quotable 
“The state’s neediest students should actually receive the tax dollars that voters and the Legislature intended to spend on them. And everyone, especially parents, deserves a better way to see exactly how school districts are spending taxpayer money.” Lisa Snell, Reason Foundation

Student Based Budgeting in the News

Shelby County Schools Commits to Funding Equity
The Memphis school district’s board passed a resolution in support of student-based budgeting and promised to ease the transition for schools with fewer disadvantaged students, which could lose funding in the new system.

Does Education Funding Reach the Students It’s Intended For? 
School districts in California are diverting money that should be targeted to disadvantaged kids, a problem that increased transparency could shed light on.

Texas Lawsuit Highlights Critical Aspect of School Finance
The problems that plague Clint Independent School District are not an anomaly, as the vast majority of districts employ policies that diminish equity and transparency.

Trump Budget Proposal Calls for Title I Funding Portability 
The plan would incentivize districts to adopt student-based budgeting and allow funding to follow students to their public school of choice.

Student Based Budgeting 101

A Quick Primer (Video) 
Ben DeGrow sits down with Pam Benigno of Colorado’s Independence Institute and explains the benefits of student-based budgeting.

Best Practices Spotlight

How Metro Nashville Schools Puts Together Budgets (Video)
The district sends more than half its operating budget directly to schools.

Follow School Finance Groups and Experts on Twitter

  • Education Research Strategies @ERStrategies
  • Center for Reinventing Public Education @CRPE_UW
  • Afton Partners @aftonpartners
  • Edunomics Lab @EdunomicsLab
  • Public Impact @publicimpact
  • EdBuild @EdBuild
  • Reason Foundation @LisSnell
  • Reason Foundation @AaronGarthSmith
  • Reason Foundation @TKoteskey76
  • Allovue @AllovueBalance
  • Allovue @jessgartner

 

Lisa Snell was the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Aaron Garth Smith is the Director of Education Reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.