Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter

Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, December 2015

“Great leaders need to be making those decisions about their schools. They have the local context. They know their students. We want to have the ability to make decisions about how to support them.”

Notable Quotable

“Great leaders need to be making those decisions about their schools. They have the local context. They know their students. We want to have the ability to make decisions about how to support them.” – Lewis Ferebee, Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools

Student-Based Budgeting in the News

Every Student Succeeds Act Includes Weighted-Student Formula Pilot
Although ESSA did not include a portability provision to overhaul Title I funding, there is a silver lining: the bill includes a pilot program in which 50 districts will be permitted to combine federal, state, and local funding into a weighted-student formula.

Indianapolis Public Schools to Pilot Student-Based Budgeting
IPS will pilot student-based budgeting next year as part of broader reforms aimed at addressing funding inequities and decentralizing power.

New Haven Public Schools Debating Changes in Funding System
NHPS CFO Victor De La Paz argues that inequity among schools is too significant to wait another year for comprehensive changes as the district considers implementing a weighted-student formula.

Georgia Moving Toward Transparent and Student-Based Funding Reform
More funding transparency and flexibility might finally be in sight for frustrated educators, thanks to the promising recommendations from Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission.

Student Based Budgeting 101

What Portion of District Funding Follows Students to Their Schools?
Edunomics examines the similarities and differences in how 12 urban districts distribute student-based funding.

Best Practices Spotlight

Education Resource Strategies: Student-Based Budgeting Webinar
ERS presenters share their experiences working with districts including lessons from Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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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.