“The imperative is to replace a system of inexplicable winners and losers with one designed to target the funds in a way that can create lasting achievement effects for all students living in poverty and one that better reflects an environment of parental education choice, rather than school assignment. The infrastructure, skills, and knowledge to create such a system exist. It’s just a matter of having the will to retire a broken 50-year-old system.” —Susan Pendergrass, Director of Research and Education Policy, Show-Me Institute
Student-Based Budgeting in the News
Tips for School Districts to Prepare for the Next Recession
Are school districts ready for the next financial downturn? Saving, transparency, and finding creative ways to boost teacher compensation are among the suggestions offered by Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University’s Edunomics Lab.
Idaho Legislators Make Final Push for K-12 Funding Overhaul
An education funding bill introduced in the Idaho Senate would allocate additional dollars for students based on need.
Education Savings Account Program Clears First Hurdle in Tennessee
The state’s House education panel voted 7-2 for a program that would provide funding for families in school districts with low-performing schools to pay for private education services.
Tying Dollars to Test Scores Would Move Texas Away from Student-Centered Reforms
“Allocating dollars based on test scores moves the ball in the wrong direction and ensures that the system will remain fundamentally flawed. Policymakers should instead focus on reforms that eliminate inefficiencies and empower parents.”
Florida Should Focus on School Choice
“If Gov. DeSantis wants to satisfy his supporters, he must respond to parents’ obvious demand for school choice by expanding eligibility for choice programs, with a continued focus on low-income families.”
Research and Resources Spotlight
Bringing Title I into the 21st-Century
Antiquated Title I formulas must evolve to better serve the students the program was designed to serve.
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