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New Financial Data Spotlight the District Role in Distributing Dollars Across Schools

2020-04-29T20:48:42+00:00

In this Education Next article, Marguerite Roza and Laura Anderson share what we’re learning from early explorations of the data and the opportunities it provides for education leaders.


New Financial Data Spotlight the District Role in Distributing Dollars Across Schools2020-04-29T20:48:42+00:00

How States Can Put Students at the Center of Their School Funding Formulas

2020-04-14T00:03:54+00:00

In this Hunt Institute "Making Sense of NC School Funding" blog, Marguerite Roza provides a national perspective on how states approach school funding.


How States Can Put Students at the Center of Their School Funding Formulas2020-04-14T00:03:54+00:00

The Big Bet on Adding Staff to Improve Schools Is Breaking the Bank

2020-03-16T22:25:45+00:00

By going all-in on staffing, we’ve crowded out other potential investments­ that can positively impact student learning. In this paper, Marguerite Roza writes that competing strategies should be viewed through the lens of which can do the most for students with the limited dollars at hand.


The Big Bet on Adding Staff to Improve Schools Is Breaking the Bank2020-03-16T22:25:45+00:00

Chicago’s Teachers Union Agreed to Give Spending Control to Principals. Now, the Union Is Striking to Take It Away

2020-04-14T00:12:07+00:00

Chicago teacher contract negotiations stalled over who controls staffing decisions in schools. In this commentary, Marguerite Roza explains why principals should be entrusted to make the spending decisions that best serve their students.


Chicago’s Teachers Union Agreed to Give Spending Control to Principals. Now, the Union Is Striking to Take It Away2020-04-14T00:12:07+00:00

Funding for Students’ Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow’s Schools Based on Yesterday’s Priorities

2020-03-16T23:05:02+00:00

Student-based allocation (also known as weighted student funding) provides the most equitable, efficient, and flexible path toward increased productivity. This brief explains why it is a good idea to allocate resources on the basis of students, and measures several states' progress toward doing so.


Funding for Students’ Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow’s Schools Based on Yesterday’s Priorities2020-03-16T23:05:02+00:00

Spending patterns, equity and achievement in districts using weighted student funding

2020-04-17T03:14:00+00:00

As part of a three-year study funded by Institute of Education Sciences, Edunomics Lab researchers assembled this dataset with base-level knowledge needed to categorize and test types of weighted student funding models.


Spending patterns, equity and achievement in districts using weighted student funding2020-04-17T03:14:00+00:00

L.A. District Is Asking for a $500 Million Parcel Tax. In Return, Let the Schools Decide How to Spend Their New Funds

2020-03-17T03:06:24+00:00

In this commentary The 74, Marguerite Roza and Anthony Drew note that many of the country’s largest school districts have shifted to a decentralized funding model, allocating funds to schools based on student needs, and boosting equity and transparency in the process. They urge LAUSD leaders to follow suit.


L.A. District Is Asking for a $500 Million Parcel Tax. In Return, Let the Schools Decide How to Spend Their New Funds2020-03-17T03:06:24+00:00

Weighted Student Funding Is On The Rise. Here’s What We Are Learning

2020-04-17T03:13:06+00:00

In this blog, Marguerite Roza discusses initial findings from our IES-funded research study that seeks to document the range of WSF formulas and detail how they are being implemented in school systems around the nation.


Weighted Student Funding Is On The Rise. Here’s What We Are Learning2020-04-17T03:13:06+00:00

DeVos Proposed $50 Million for Districts to Decentralize Federal Money, to Put Schools in the Driver’s Seat. It’s a Smart Idea

2020-03-17T03:56:54+00:00

In this commentary in The 74, Marguerite Roza urges legislators to consider a proposed pilot program to give school leaders and staff a say in how federal resources are used in their schools


DeVos Proposed $50 Million for Districts to Decentralize Federal Money, to Put Schools in the Driver’s Seat. It’s a Smart Idea2020-03-17T03:56:54+00:00

Webinar: An Introduction to Student-Based Allocation

2020-04-17T03:16:13+00:00

Designed for district and community leaders, this webinar shares how student-based allocation (SBA) works, why districts use SBA, what SBA formulas look like, and what steps and resources districts can take and tap to move toward SBA.


Webinar: An Introduction to Student-Based Allocation2020-04-17T03:16:13+00:00

Taking stock of California’s weighted student funding overhaul: What have districts done with their spending flexibility?

2020-03-17T04:48:41+00:00

In 2013 California adopted 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 how their spending choices changed in the first three years of the new state funding law.


Taking stock of California’s weighted student funding overhaul: What have districts done with their spending flexibility?2020-03-17T04:48:41+00:00

Did districts concentrate new state money on highest-needs schools? Answer: Depends on the district.

2020-03-17T04:55:33+00:00

Our analysis of eight districts takes a first look at whether CA districts did, under LCFF, allocate a larger share of their new funds to their highest-needs schools.


Did districts concentrate new state money on highest-needs schools? Answer: Depends on the district.2020-03-17T04:55:33+00:00

California’s weighted student funding formula: Does it help money matter more?

2020-03-17T05:03:12+00:00

As California’s LCFF enters Year 5 of implementation, this brief analyzes whether we are seeing an improved relationship between spending and outcomes.


California’s weighted student funding formula: Does it help money matter more?2020-03-17T05:03:12+00:00

Analyzing early impacts of California’s Local Control Funding Formula

2020-03-17T05:11:44+00:00

In 2013, California adopted the Local Control Funding Formula, shifting control over spending decisions from the state legislature to local school districts and eliminating many state-imposed spending rules. This three-part series analyzes early impacts of the LCFF, one of the nation’s largest weighted student funding (WSF) overhauls to date.


Analyzing early impacts of California’s Local Control Funding Formula2020-03-17T05:11:44+00:00

Student Based Allocation District Collaborative Meeting

2020-04-08T22:35:07+00:00

Edunomics Lab hosts a monthly virtual meeting of district finance leaders to share knowledge and solve challenges around student-based allocation practice and collectively produce research that districts need and want. These resources are from an in-person convening of the SBA Network plus other districts interested in learning more.


Student Based Allocation District Collaborative Meeting2020-04-08T22:35:07+00:00

Productivity Improvements Paper Series

2020-03-16T21:36:47+00:00

These five Rapid Response briefs model the costs of productivity improvements in K-12 education, including changes in staffing ratios, the impact of late-career teacher pay raises on pension debt, and paying the best teachers more to teach more students.


Productivity Improvements Paper Series2020-03-16T21:36:47+00:00

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education

2020-03-16T21:53:00+00:00

This article explores how school systems can improve productivity even when so much of what matters—the human variables and relationships in student learning—can’t be centrally managed and scaled across schools.


Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education2020-03-16T21:53:00+00:00

Title I: Time to Get It Right

2020-03-16T22:32:31+00:00

In this brief on the landmark federal law’s 50th anniversary, we offer five key principles to help policymakers revise Title I so that it fulfills its promise of augmenting funding for poor students.


Title I: Time to Get It Right2020-03-16T22:32:31+00:00

The Phantom Menace: Policies that Protect Districts from Declining or Low Enrollments, Drive Up Spending and Inhibit Adaptation

2020-03-16T22:37:05+00:00

This paper examines the practice of states funding school districts for students who do not attend school there. Aimed at “protecting” districts from enrollment fluctuations, the practice drives up spending and inhibits adaptation.


The Phantom Menace: Policies that Protect Districts from Declining or Low Enrollments, Drive Up Spending and Inhibit Adaptation2020-03-16T22:37:05+00:00

Student Based Allocation 101

2020-04-08T22:32:34+00:00

This one-page infographic explains what student-based allocation is, how it differs from traditional funding formulas and what its primary benefits are.


Student Based Allocation 1012020-04-08T22:32:34+00:00

Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

2020-03-16T23:40:52+00:00

In this op-ed, we argue that when the district decides what positions to fund in a school—rather than the school being empowered to decide based on its community priorities—it destroys goodwill and trust in the school system.


Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?2020-03-16T23:40:52+00:00

Denver Public Schools: Making More Money Follow Students

2020-03-17T00:31:00+00:00

This two-page brief outlines how Denver Public Schools has steadily increased the amount of district funds funneled through the student based allocation formula the school system adopted in 2008. In fiscal 2014, the district allocated $3235 million, or approximately 38 percent, of its $865 million budget.


Denver Public Schools: Making More Money Follow Students2020-03-17T00:31:00+00:00

What Portion of District Funds Follow Students?

2020-03-17T00:41:10+00:00

Part of our ongoing study of budgets in systems implementing student based allocation, in this four-page brief we analyze 12 district budgets and find that the systems allocate roughly 24 to 42 percent of their funds through an SBA formula.


What Portion of District Funds Follow Students?2020-03-17T00:41:10+00:00

Boston Public Schools: Weighting What Matters

2020-03-17T00:33:04+00:00

In this three-page brief, we analyze the share of district dollars Boston Public Schools funneled through its student based allocation formula, adopted in 2012. In fiscal 2014, the district allocated $3235 million, or approximately 38 percent, of its $865 million budget through the formula.


Boston Public Schools: Weighting What Matters2020-03-17T00:33:04+00:00

Funding for Student’s Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow’s Schools Based on Today’s Priorities

2020-04-17T03:27:32+00:00

Most states make major changes in their allocation models only every two decades or so. In this paper, we explore how states can make the most of their redesign to get better outcomes for the money.


Funding for Student’s Sake: How to Stop Financing Tomorrow’s Schools Based on Today’s Priorities2020-04-17T03:27:32+00:00

SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

2020-04-17T03:28:05+00:00

This publication introduces the “productivity infrastructure" the building blocks for an SEA committed to supporting productivity, innovation, and performance—from the state chief to the classroom.


SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure2020-04-17T03:28:05+00:00

How much money follows the student in WSF (aka SBA) districts?

2020-03-17T00:57:38+00:00

In this presentation at the annual Association for Education Finance and Policy conference, we share our findings that the percent of total funds allocated via student based allocation (%SBA) ranges from a low of 23 percent to a high of 45 percent among ten urban school districts studied.


How much money follows the student in WSF (aka SBA) districts?2020-03-17T00:57:38+00:00

VisionSBA: K-12 Financial Modeling Tool

2020-04-08T22:31:50+00:00

VisionSBA provides education leaders with a unique outlook on spending by school level within a district, delivering insight into relative spending across schools adjusted for each school’s actual mix of students. This interactive tool developed by Marguerite Roza and Jim Simpkins answers the question: “How much does each school spend relative to all other schools in this district taking into account its particular mix of students?”


VisionSBA: K-12 Financial Modeling Tool2020-04-08T22:31:50+00:00

The Case Against High School Sports

2020-03-17T05:35:47+00:00

In this article published by The Atlantic, author Amanda Ripley draws on Marguerite Roza’s research as she describes the role of high school sports in the American education system, how current resource allocations favor sports over academics, and consequences as American students fall behind in international rankings.


The Case Against High School Sports2020-03-17T05:35:47+00:00

Funding Phantom Students

2020-03-16T16:38:53+00:00

This brief describes a common practice that inhibits both efficiency and productivity: funding students who do not actually attend school in funded districts and how this is often overlooked by state leaders.


Funding Phantom Students2020-03-16T16:38:53+00:00

Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice

2020-03-16T16:34:29+00:00

This brief explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts.


Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice2020-03-16T16:34:29+00:00

Understanding Student-Weighted Allocation as a Means to Greater School Resource Equity

2020-03-13T22:49:46+00:00

This study examines Houston ISD and Cincinnati Public Schools, providing evidence that student-weighted allocation can be a means toward greater resource equity among schools within districts.


Understanding Student-Weighted Allocation as a Means to Greater School Resource Equity2020-03-13T22:49:46+00:00

Pennywise and Pound Foolish in Education

2020-03-13T22:50:54+00:00

The authors suggest that weighed student funding would show exactly where the money is going and foster transparency and accountability for performance, thereby potentially closing the gaps in local public service quality between the privileged and the disadvantaged.


Pennywise and Pound Foolish in Education2020-03-13T22:50:54+00:00

Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Funding Equity Through Student-Based Budgeting

2020-03-13T22:51:36+00:00

This report traces Cincinnati Public Schools' process of moving to a system of student based budgeting: funding children rather than staff members, and weighting the funding according to schools and students' needs.


Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Funding Equity Through Student-Based Budgeting2020-03-13T22:51:36+00:00