Publisher(s): Education Resource Strategies
Funder(s): Noyce Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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School Funding Systems: Equity, Transparency, Flexibility
Area of Focus: Educational Standards
The report outlines how school districts can optimize resource allocation, cut budgets with the least impact on those most in need, shift funds to effective programs, and invest stimulus funds in district-wide improvements.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=Districts can improve equity in funding allocation by awarding dollars based on student need instead of staff positions.
=Programmatic funding for schools is most effective in districts that have a transparent, well-documented and comprehensive budget process and strategic plans for the distribution of scarce resources.
=Investments in district-wide improvements will not work without the authority, capacity, and support of school administrators to both organize their schools around a clear vision for improvement, and flexibly arrange staff, students, and the daily schedule as needed.
Geographic Focus: National
Subjects/Keywords: Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education, School Reform; Education, Leadership Development
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