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Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

BY Laura Anderson
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Marguerite Roza and Jim Simpkins

December 2014

Many large urban school districts give schools control over how they use district funds to educate their school community. In this op ed we argue that, rather than making all of the spending decisions from the top down, Seattle Public Schools should adopt a student-based allocation formula that empowers those who best know each school’s needs.

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