“Adopting a weighted student-funding formula could make it easier for districts to operate school choice programs, since money would be tied to individual students and could therefore follow them to charter or virtual public schools. The pilot doesn’t have to be used for school choice, if districts don’t want to do that, but it could help lay the groundwork for districts that are interested.”- Alyson Klein, Education Week
Student Based Budgeting in the News:
Local Revenues a Primary Source of Disparities for Alabama School Districts
Adopting student-based budgeting could help alleviate the state’s funding inequities, which exceed $5,000 per student between Mountain Brook and Autauga County.
Weighted-Student Funding Law Directs Funding to Where It’s Most Needed
How students in two Clark County School Districts benefit from Nevada’s new law.
Improving Kansas’ Funding Formula
Streamlining special education funding is one way to ensure dollars are allocated based on need writes EdBuild’s Zahada Stadler.
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Research & Resources Spotlight:
ESSA’s Financial Reporting Requirement
Edunomics Lab details how states can begin preparing for reporting school-level expenditures.
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