“We could be putting that money into the classroom instead.”- Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson, on the district’s OPEB liabilities.
Student Based Budgeting in the News:
Memphis Leaders Discussing Reforms to Retiree Benefits
About 7% of per-pupil spending currently goes toward paying for Shelby County’s “other post-employment” benefits such as health insurance.
New Hampshire Close to Adopting Education Savings Accounts
The House Education Committee voted to endorse SB 193, which already passed the state’s Senate and will now be taken up by the House in January.
Report Highlights Funding Disparities Within Shelby County Schools
Education Resource Strategies found that after adjusting for student needs, some schools receive more than two times per-pupil than others.
Research & Resources Spotlight:
School Finance Summit: Are Texans Getting Their Education Money’s Worth?
A panel moderated by Reason’s Lisa Snell.
School Finance Summit: Are Local Revenues Compatible with Student-Centered Funding?
Reason’s Aaron Smith on why local revenues are bad for equity and choice in Texas.
Thriving After Enrollment Decline
Afton’s five-part blog series explores how districts can effectively deal with enrollment decline and ensure that kids have access to high-quality schools.
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