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ERIC Number: ED560050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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Awarding Dollars Based on Student Need: A Recommendation to Implement Weighted Student Funding in Georgia
Education Resource Strategies
As the state of Georgia considers revising its K-12 funding formula, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) recommends the state implement a weighted student-funding formula (WSF) system in order to create resource use flexibility for districts and to remove the marginal inequity found in its current funding system. Additionally, such a change would enhance Georgia's ongoing strategic efforts to create local education-agency accountability for success or failure in improving student outcomes and to dismantle the state's legacy system of input mandates that is viewed as a barrier to that overall strategic direction. The ERS analysis of Georgia's current funding mechanism, the Quality Basic Education (QBE) Act, through their Race to the Top-funded partnership with the state, showed that Georgia's funding system is comparatively equitable (92 percent of districts fall within 20 percent of the state's median dollar per pupil), but there are opportunities to improve the minor inequity they found as well as to significantly enhance districts' resource use flexibility. Implementing WSF would: (1) Award districts dollars based solely on student and district need, allowing districts to use resources more flexibly; (2) Accommodate the needs of the state's highest-poverty districts better if a poverty-concentration weight were added; and (3) Create an opportunity to redesign the state salary schedule to reward teachers for effectiveness, contribution, and differentiated roles.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies
Identifiers - Location: Georgia