Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, June 2017

Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter

Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, June 2017

"There has been a growing understanding that school budgets are less about properly populating Excel spreadsheets and more about how to get great outcomes for kids."

Notable Quotable:

“Over time, there has been a growing understanding that school budgets are less about properly populating Excel spreadsheets and more about how to get great outcomes for kids. When budgeting is reframed around a strategy for each individual school instead of the filing of state finance reports, then what the dollars are capable of becomes clearer.” –Becky Hill, Senior Policy Director for A for Arizona.

Student Based Budgeting in the News:

Future of Education Finance Summit
Please join Reason Foundation and Allovue on July 17th at the Four Seasons, Baltimore! This day-long event will bring together education finance professionals and district leaders to network, learn, and discuss the future of education finance. To preview the agenda and register click here.

Big Win for Funding Transparency in Arizona
Governor Ducey signed HB 2385, which will move the state toward school-level financial reporting and help empower principals in the budgeting process.

Bill to Eliminate School Property Taxes in Pennsylvania Introduced
The bipartisan plan that would replace school property tax revenues with state dollars has gained serious momentum.

Weighted-student Funding takes a Step Forward in Nevada
State legislators failed to pass an Education Savings Account program in the 2017 session, but took an important step toward a more transparent and equitable funding system.

Property Wealthy School Districts Seceding
According to EdBuild at least 36 school districts have broken away since 2000, leaving their less affluent neighbors behind.

Research Spotlight:

Financial Transparency: Are States ESSA Ready?
How researchers worked with state education agencies to determine readiness for meeting new federal requirements.

How Progressive Is U.S. School Funding?
A new report by Matthew Chingos at Brookings Institution evaluates school funding levels for poor students.

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Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Aaron Garth Smith is an education policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.