“State takeovers may be necessary in cases of severe fiscal problems or as a short-term solution. But given the high political costs and the low probability that they will benefit students and families in the long run, it’s worth considering an alternative. An effective way to insulate public schools from politics while simultaneously enfranchising local communities is to implement a system of accountability from below, not from above.” —Christian Barnard, Reason Foundation
Student-Based Budgeting in the News
State Takeovers Are Not the Best Solution
A system of accountability from below, not from above, is a better strategy to improve academic and financial performance.
Send Education Dollars Directly to Schools
Principals have little say over how education dollars are spent and state policymakers should be concerned.
Want to Know How Good a Charter School Is? Look at its Bond Rating
It turns out that investors in charter school facilities bonds want the same things as parents and taxpayers.
Research and Resources Spotlight
Infographic: North Carolina’s Byzantine Funding System
North Carolina’s byzantine school finance formula consists of more than 30 separate allotments and restricts local autonomy.
Working Paper: School Sector Satisfaction
Access to private schools and public charter schools might improve parent and student satisfaction through competitive pressures and improved matches between educators and students.
Policy Brief: Opportunities to Improve Missouri’s Education Funding Formula
Missouri’s school finance system contains arbitrary provisions that shortchange some districts in favor of others.
School Sector and Climate: An Analysis of K–12 Safety Policies and School Climates in Indiana
School‐safety‐related practices and problems are evaluated between school sectors.