ERIC Number: ED511714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
Urban Institute Press
Imagine if a school were to spend more per pupil on ceramics electives than core science classes. What if a district were to push more funding to wealthy neighborhoods than to impoverished ones? Such policies would provoke outrage. Yet these schools and districts are real. Today's taxpayers spend almost $9,000 per pupil, roughly double what they spent 30 years ago, and educational achievement doesn't seem to be improving. With the movement toward holding schools and districts accountable for student outcomes, individuals might think that officials can precisely track how much they are spending per student, per program, per school. But considering the patchwork that is school finance--federal block funding, foundation grants, earmarks, set-asides, and union mandates--funds can easily be diverted from where they are most needed. "Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?" examines education finance from the school's vantage point, explaining how the varied funding streams can prevent schools from delivering academic services that mesh with their stated priorities. As government budgets shrink, linking expenditures to student outcomes will be imperative. "Educational Economics" offers concrete prescriptions for reform. Contents of this book include: (1) Fuzzy Math; (2) Who's in Charge Here?; (3) When Agendas Collide; (4) Driving Blind; (5) What Does It All Mean for Schools?; (6) A Wicked Problem: Why Typically Proposed Overhauls of the Finance System Are Guaranteed to Fail; and (7) A Multidimensional Solution: Elements of a Coherent, Aligned, Efficient Education Finance System. The following are also included: (1) Acknowledgments; (2) Introduction; (3) Notes; (4) References; (5) About the Author; and (6) Index.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Educational Finance, Educational Change, School Funds, Grants, Federal Aid, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Accountability, Expenditure per Student
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute