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Silberstein, Katherine; Roza, Marguerite; Tollefson, Jordan – Edunomics Lab, 2022
Deciding how to spend the nation's education dollars is a tremendous responsibility. It's easy to forget that this responsibility falls primarily to district leaders (sometimes with input from principals). Sometimes those decisions go well and schools beat the odds on student outcomes. Other times, they do not, and student outcomes lag. Sometimes…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Money Management, Educational Finance
Aldeman, Chad; Silberstein, Katherine – Edunomics Lab, 2021
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of school districts have broken from tradition to offer pay outside of the rigid step-and-lane salary schedules. In particular, many districts are now offering flat-dollar raises or non-recurring bonuses, incentives to address long-standing recruitment and retention issues, or compensation to shape teacher…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Teacher Salaries, Incentives
Jarmolowski, Hannah; Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2021
Because states typically fund districts based on student counts, districts reporting shrinking enrollment worry about shrinking dollars as well. The seemingly obvious quick fix is for states to hold districts financially harmless for some or all of their enrollment loss. But states have many factors to weigh when deciding whether or how to go down…
Descriptors: Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, State Policy, Educational Policy
Jochim, Ashley; Silberstein, Katie – Edunomics Lab, 2020
Weighted student funding (WSF) decentralizes control over resources and empowers principals as financial leaders of their schools. In this study, we set out to understand how principals are making use of those leadership opportunities. Based upon a 2017-18 survey of 639 principals in 14 school districts implementing WSF, we find that principals…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Money Management, Educational Finance
Edunomics Lab, 2020
This brief summarizes findings from a three-year, U.S. Department of Education-funded research study analyzing the use of weighted student funding (WSF) at the district and state level. The study focuses on these key questions: (1) Why do districts adopt WSF? (2) Is there a typical WSF model that districts are using? (3) Do WSF districts spend…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Funding Formulas, Financial Support, School Districts
Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2019
One of a state's primary responsibilities is to divvy up the public funds for K-12 schooling. In each state, a set of finance policies determines how the state and local funds are apportioned so that districts and other providers can then apply them to schools and classrooms. Different states use a host of variables and formulas to determine how…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, State Aid, Elementary Secondary Education
Roza, Marguerite; Coughlin, Tim; Anderson, Laura – Edunomics Lab, 2017
In 2013 California adopted a new watershed state finance policy, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to drive more resources to students with higher needs, create more spending flexibility, and let districts decide how to spend substantial new dollars. Our analysis examines financial data from nearly all California school systems to clarify…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Funding Formulas, Educational Change
Roza, Marguerite; Coughlin, Tim; Anderson, Laura – Edunomics Lab, 2017
In 2013, California implemented a watershed weighted student funding formula (WSF) that deployed substantial new funds to districts based on their counts of student types, while also stripping long-standing spending constraints on districts. The state finance formula (the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF) specifically boosted allocations to…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Funding Formulas, Educational Change
Derby, Elena; Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2017
In 2013, California moved to drive more resources for students with higher needs, create more spending flexibility and let districts decide how to spend substantial new dollars by adopting a new watershed state finance policy, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). As California's Weighted Student Funding (WSF) law enters Year 5 of…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Funding Formulas, Educational Change
Roza, Marguerite; Brooks, Caitlin – Edunomics Lab, 2017
While many policymakers see college credit attainment programs as potential cost savings, little research has examined the actual savings (if any) tied to taking college classes in high school. This Rapid Response brief helps fill the gap, investigating and comparing the costs of providing college credit in high school in three states with the…
Descriptors: College Credits, High School Students, Educational Finance, Educational Policy
Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2017
The expectation in this country is that all students should be able to succeed in school. Yet new data and accountability agendas have heightened attention to performance disparities between students with different identifiable needs--needs that stem from poverty, disability, or limited English proficiency. Educators and policymakers know that…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, State Aid, Data Use, Data Analysis
Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2015
Teacher compensation is driven largely by teacher longevity. While it's true that wages in many fields generally increase with experience, what differs in teaching is the degree to which pay is linked to seniority. And compared to other professions, teaching has more heavily back-loaded pay -- meaning a disproportionate share of earnings comes…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Promotion, Tenure
Roza, Marguerite; Warco, Amanda – Edunomics Lab, 2015
On top of many policymakers' wish lists is increased teacher pay. Particular attention also has focused on mechanisms such as merit pay to target rewards to the most effective teachers and keep them in the classroom. Yet resources are constrained. Raising pay for some or all teachers inevitably takes funds away from some other element of…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Competencies, Class Size, Teacher Effectiveness
Roza, Marguerite – Edunomics Lab, 2015
Labor, in the form of wages and benefits, makes up most of the costs of schooling. Much has been written about wages--especially the idea that we need to make salaries more competitive to attract a stronger labor pool. Analysts pay less attention to benefits, except to bemoan the rising cost of them. But as a portion of labor compensation, we…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Teacher Salaries, Cost Effectiveness, Compensation (Remuneration)
Roza, Marguerite; Jonovski, Jessica – Edunomics Lab, 2014
Teacher salary decisions are often made with little connection to the pension obligations they entail. In this paper, authors Marguerite Roza and Jessica Jonovski model the impacts of late-term raises on teacher pension obligations showing that on average each dollar raise triggers $10 to $16 in new taxpayer obligations. The authors provide…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Retirement Benefits, Taxes
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