State Finance Policy2019-02-13T06:18:54+00:00

State Finance Policy

States provide the biggest share of funding for public education in the United States. This grants state education finance policy an outsized impact on districts, schools and students. We analyze pressing state issues, from skyrocketing pension debt (and how states might combat it) to shifting models for allocating resources to districts (and the tradeoffs implicit in those shifts.)

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

California in 2013 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). Our December 2017 analysis examines financial data from nearly all California school systems to clarify how their spending choices...

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

California in 2013 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 districts for their foster youth, students with limited English and those living...

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

California in 2013 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 implementation, we investigate whether we are seeing an...

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