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Funding is often a controversial subject, especially now during unsettling economic times.  Here you will find information on the issues including the use of federal stimulus money for education in Georgia.  Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2012.  Broken links should be reported here.


Proposed Education Funding Formula Will Short-Change Georgia Schools, Analyst Says
Athens Banner-Herald (article)

A proposed funding formula for Georgia’s public schools could short-change students in the long run, especially those in rural and high-poverty schools, according to a Georgia Budget and Policy Institute analyst. (December 26)

Study Examines the Power of Money in Schools
Tampa Bay Times (article)

Money really does matter in education, which could provide fresh momentum for more lawsuits and judgments such as a recent Connecticut decision. (December 13)

Past Is Prologue - State and Local Funding for Higher Education in the Next Recession
New America

If another recession hits, many public colleges and universities are likely to increase tuition to raise revenue as they are squeezed by drops in state and local funding.  Related story. (December 2) 

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery Funded Programs - Policy Report
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of nearly $1.05 billion for the state’s lottery-funded programs adds money for needed enhancements to the Pre-Kindergarten program and financial aid for technical college students but falls short of meeting many families’ needs. Related story. (September 8)

The States That Spend the Most (and Least) on Education

Public school spending varies dramatically from one part of the country to another. New York is the biggest spender, doling out more than $20,000 per student each year. (August 17) 

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship - A Victim of its Own Success?
Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships

Despite the abundance of cash from the Georgia Lottery, public demand threatens to overwhelm available funding. The Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships wanted to determine if that could actually happen. Related story. (August 11)

State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education
U.S. Department of Education

State and local spending on prisons and jails has grown three times as much over the past three decades as spending on public education for preschool through high school, according to this analysis. Related article. (July 15) 

Public Education Finances: 2014
U.S. Census Bureau - Educational Finance Branch

This report contains financial statistics relating to public elementary-secondary prekindergarten through grade 12 education. It includes national and state financial aggregates and displays data for the 100 largest school systems by enrollment in the United States. Introduction(1). Introduction(2). Related story. (June 15)

'Billion Dollar Bets' to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American
Bridgespan Group

Many people doubt there's a better economic future for themselves and their children. But according to this research, reports of the American Dream's (upward mobility) demise just might be premature. Executive Summary. Related story. (June 13)

Title 1:  Rich School Districts Get Millions Meant for Poor Kids
U. S. News & World Report

More money from a federal program created to address education inequalities is going to the nation’s wealthier school districts, according to an analysis released Wednesday. Related story. (June 2) 

Mind the Gap - 20 Years of Progress and Retrenchment in School Funding and Achievement Gaps
ETS Research Report

Although there has been significant progress in the long term, achievement gaps among the nation's students persist. Many factors have contributed to the disparities in outcomes, and societal changes can explain progress, or lack thereof, over the past few decades. Abstract. Related story. (May 19)

Why There is an Uproar Over the Effort to Increase Funding for Poor Schools
New York Times

On April 4, a terse letter signed by the heads of the major education lobbying organizations in Washington — teachers unions, school boards, superintendents, principals and governors — landed on the desk of John King Jr., the secretary of education. (May 19)

The 'Intolerable Fight' Over School Money

"This is an intolerable situation," Sen. Lamar Alexander said last week in a heated speech on the Senate floor. The Tennessee Republican is chairman of the Senate's education committee, and he's furious with the Education Department. (May 18)

Is There a Better Way to Pay for America's Schools?

The Kansas Supreme Court gave state lawmakers an ultimatum: Make school funding more equitable by June 30, or it will consider shutting down the state's public schools. Since then, things have gotten ugly. (May 2)

Can More Money Fix America's Schools?

"Money isn't pixie dust," declared the Texas assistant solicitor general, arguing his state's side of a school funding lawsuit before the Texas Supreme Court. "Funding is no guarantee of better student outcomes." (April 26)

At the Intersection of Education and Aging
Foundation for Excellence in Education

The aging of the population between now and 2030 will profoundly impact all aspects of the financing and operation of Georgia’s taxpayer-funded services. To prepare for the impending demography challenges Georgia needs to improve student learning and needs to do so in a cost effective manner. (March 10)


Poll:  Georgia voters want more efficient use of education funds

Georgia voters say the state is spending enough money on students, but it needs to use the funds more efficiently. That's according to a new poll from the Foundation for Excellence in Education. (November 2015)

Does money matter?

The latest research suggests that money does matter.  Of course, it matters how and where it is spent and it needs to be combined with accountability for results. (September 2015)

State Funding for Students with Disabilities - 50 State Database
Education Commission of the States

This database contains information about states' primary funding mechanisms for students with disabilities.  It does not include catastrophic, extraordinary or excess cost funding.  Introduction. (June 2015)

Georgia's Ranking Among the States: Budget, Taxes and Other Indicators
The Center for State and Local Finance, Georgia State University

This report shows the state - one of three primary sources of school income along with local property taxes and federal dollars - does not invest as much in education as other states. Related story. (June 2015) 

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card
Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Education Law Center

This is the most sophisticated comparative analysis of public school finance in the U.S., examining the level and distribution of school funding within each state in relation to student need. Based on funding  data 2007-2012.  (June 2015)

Funding Gaps 2015 - Too Many States Spend Less on Educating Students Who Need the Most
Education Trust

School districts that serve the most students in poverty receive an average of $1,200, or 10 percent, less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty. Related story. (March 2015)


The School House Squeeze 2014: State Cuts, Lost Property Values Still Pinch Schools
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Georgia’s 180 school districts continue to face enormous financial pressures. The Georgia Legislature cut more than $8.4 billion in funding for public schools in recent years. At the same time, local funding for schools slipped precipitously following the plunge in property values triggered by the Great Recession. (September 2014)

A Gamble With Consequences: State Lottery-Funded Scholarship Programs as a Strategy for Boosting College Affordability
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

A growing number of states are using lottery money for college scholarships. But the politically popular lottery funds often fail to live up to their expectations. Related story. (September 2014)

Fiscal Survey of the States - Spring 2014
National Association of State Budget Officers

Days before most U.S. states' new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education. Related story. (July 2014)

Better ways to use millions of dollars now spent on testing
Washington Post

This article co-written by Georgia education professors says quit wasting money on all the testing and put the money somewhere it can make a difference. (June 2014)

Public Education Finances: 2012
U.S. Census Bureau

This report offers figures on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets of school systems, including statistics on spending -- instruction, transportation, salaries and employee benefits -- at the national, state and district levels. (May 2014)

Beyond the Numbers:  State Shortchanges Public Schools Again
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Georgia is underfunding public schools by $747 million in the 2015 fiscal year that starts July 1, continuing a pattern of ignoring its own funding formula to provide a quality education. (May 2014)


Cutting Class to Make Ends Meet
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

This survey of school districts finds school systems throughout the state struggling to provide a quality education to the state’s children, having exhausted nearly all ways to compensate for billions of dollars of lost state financial support. Related story. (November 2013)

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: 2009-10 (Fiscal Year 2010)
Institute of Education Sciences

For regular school districts, the national median current expenditure was $9,989 in FY 2010, an increase of 1 percent over FY 2009, according to this study (ECS Connection). (May 2013)

Schools' Financial Crisis Continues
Jackson Herald

Although this story focuses on local issues it raises concerns faced by other systems across Georgia. (January 2013)


Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2009-10 (Fiscal Year 2010)
National Center for Education Statistics

This First Look report presents state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2009-10. Part of the Common Core of Data (CCD), this report presents data submitted annually to NCES by state education agencies. (December 2012) 

State and District Receipt of Recovery Act Funds - A Report From Charting the Progress of Education Reform: An Evaluation of the Recovery Act’s Role
U.S. Department of Education

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or the Recovery Act) of 2009 provided an unprecedented level of funding designed to “stimulate the economy in the short-term and invest wisely, using these funds to improve schools, raise achievement, drive reforms and produce better results for children and young people for the long-term health of our nation." The distribution of Recovery Act funds was intended to reflect these multiple goals. Related story. (September 2012)

Unequal Education - Federal Loophole Enables Lower Spending on Students of Color
Center for American Progress

Separate will always be unequal. But just how unequal is the education we offer our students of color today? This paper answers this question using one small but important measure—per-pupil state and local spending. Related story. (August 2012)

How Americans Would Slim Down Public Education
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report examines how voters think education spending should be reduced in tough budgetary times, and what programs should be protected. The authors found that 74% of respondents support performance-based layoffs. (August 2012)

Updated: Perfect Storm Brewing in Georgia School Finance
Barrow Journal

It's apparent as we read headline after headline of school cuts that funding is an issue and will continue to be so in the near future.  But how bad is it really and how much worse can it get? (May 2012)

School Improvement Grants - Education Should Take Additional Steps to Enhance Accountability of Schools and Contractors
Government Accounting Office

Researchers found that 26 states said they didn’t think they would be able to sustain the program’s extended learning time reforms after their federal grants expired, because they were too expensive. Just 10 said they thought they could keep it going. (May 2012)

Mega-millions: Do lotteries really benefit public schools?
Washington Post

State lotteries that participate in games such as Mega Millions were sold to the public as enterprised that would benefit schools with millions of dollars in proceeds a year. So has public education really received a windfall? (March 2012)