ERIC Number: ED473712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Moving toward Equity in School Funding within Districts: A Comparison of Traditional Funding Policies and More Equitable Formulas.
Roza, Marguerite; Miles, Karen Hawley
Reform efforts involving school finance have focused on the state's role in equalizing expenditures across all districts within a state. Despite these efforts, little attention has been given to differing expenditures among school within districts. In analyzing differences in spending across schools and students in Cincinnati, Seattle, and Houston, the School Communities That Work task force found that traditional "staff-based" budgeting practices, a nearly universal policy among districts, had created substantial inequities among schools in each district. The three districts studied had recently adopted student-based budgeting policies. Findings show that this new policy has the potential for improving equity among schools and categories of students. It also provides a foundation for serious conversation about where district dollars are spent and the reasons for these spending patterns, allowing district leaders to be more strategic in their investments and to measure progress against those investments. The study methods and results are presented in briefing-chart form and as a PowerPoint presentation on the Web. This material provides policymakers, researchers, and interested citizens with an overview of these complex budgeting issues and with a practical way to share the evidence gathered from districts that have implemented student-based budgeting. (RT)
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Finance Reform, Money Management, School District Spending, School Funds, Urban Schools
School Communities That Work, 895 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Tel: 212-375-9627; Fax: 212-375-9427. Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 401-863-1897; Fax: 401-863-1290; Web site: http://www.schoolcommunities.org. For full text: http://www.schoolcommunities.org/images/Presentation.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Annenberg Inst. for School Reform.
Note: A PowerPoint version of this material is available at: http://www.schoolcommunities.org/resources.html.