Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, September 2017

Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter

Center for Student-Based Budgeting Newsletter, September 2017

“IPS believes the school is the unit of change in a school district. IPS is moving from a “directive” district - making decisions at the central level in a “one-size” fits all - to a "collaborative" district that shifts decisions to the school level."

Notable Quotable:

“IPS believes the school is the unit of change in a school district. IPS is moving from a “directive” district – making decisions at the central level in a “one-size” fits all – to a collaborative district that shifts decisions to the school level. IPS believes this shift will ultimately lead to a positive impact on student outcomes.”- Weston Young, Chief Financial Manager for Indianapolis Public Schools

Student Based Budgeting in the News:

Clark County Principals Want More Autonomy
Survey results reveal that principals want more control over a wide-range of decisions including staffing, instructional design, and whether to use district services such as tech support.

Denver Public Schools’ Portfolio Strategy Hits a Milestone
The district now has more charter and innovation schools than district-run schools.

DeVos Touts Flexibility, Hints at Weighted-Student Funding in Speech
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a group of principals that she’s urging state and local officials to give school leaders as much autonomy as possible.

Time to Make it Easier for Kids to Find the Right School
California’s District of Choice program has produced positive results, but only 5% of the state’s school districts participate making it difficult for parents to exercise transfer across district boundaries.

A District’s Journey to Student-Based Allocation
Indianapolis Public School’s shares its transition to a more transparent and equitable funding system.

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Research Spotlight:

Positive Results for Florida’s Statewide School Choice Program
A study released by Urban Institute found that the Florida Tax Credit scholarship program significantly increased the likelihood of college attendance for participating students.

District Enrollment Decline and Charter Growth
A new report from Center on Reinventing Public Education examines how urban districts could collaborate with charters to deal with enrollment declines.

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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.