Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes

This is billed as "Georgia's Roadmap for K-12 Finance Reform." The organization is looking at raising the discussion and encouraging support for smarter funding strategies "that will lead to better outcomes for students and a brighter future for all Georgians." 

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Launches Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes - New initiative explores link between education funding and student success. 

School Finance 101 Blog

Here you will find data and thoughts on public and private school funding in the U.S.

An Appeal to All Americans

This report published by the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education presents a new urgency for an increase in the nation's commitment to and civic investment in public education and represents the first national and independently authored report to outline the standards of practice for public and local education funds. (May 2011)




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.

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)

Performance Funding at Minority-Serving Institutions
Southern Education Foundation

States are increasingly funding higher education institutions based on their performance or outcomes instead relying solely on student enrollment to determine funding formulas.  Introduction. (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)

Funding Students, Options, and Achievement
Digital Learning Now!

This report stresses that today’s school finance system was not created with the flexibility needed to support the wave of educational innovations, such as online learning, spreading across the U.S. (eSchool News). Related story. (April 2013)

Education's Fiscal Cliff, Real or Perceived? (Draft)
Walton Family Foundation

This report looks at public funding during the economic downturn and the impact it has had on charter schools.  Introduction.  Press release. Related story. (April 2013)

Budget analysis: A billion dollar hole in state education funding next year. Start digging.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maureen Downey:  The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute just issued a bleak report on school funding prospects for next year, noting that the governor’s proposed budget for K-12 education has a $1 billion hole in it. (February 2013)

Overview of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for Higher Education
Georgia Budget Policy Institute

The overview of Georgia’s 2014 fiscal year budget for higher education report reviews the proposed 2014 budget and the impact it has on higher education. (February 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) 

Strength in Numbers: State Spending on State K-12 Assessment Systems
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings

This report provides the most current, comprehensive evidence on state-level costs of assessment systems, based on new data from state contracts with testing vendors. Related: Report intro, EdWeek story, "Get Schooled" blog. (November 2012)

Smarter Funding, Better Outcomes
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

This report looks at funding practices for Georgia's K-12 education system and offers recommendations designed to get better results for the investment.  (November 2012)

Survey Says:  Trouble for Schools - Cuts in Education Spending Mean More Crowded Classrooms
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Georgia school districts report that classrooms are more crowded than ever, and students are spending fewer days in school due to substantial cuts in state funding. Related story. (October 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)

School funding: Fix budget basics first
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Atlanta Forward editorial sides with Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge who says the state must address several priorities before approving the Charter School amendment in November. (August 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)

Student 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? 

A Closer Look at Title I Funding in Urban versus Rural Districts
New America Foundation

This piece reports on an amendment to the Student Success Act (HR3989) that would change the Title I funding formula to more equitably fund rural school districts. Relating story. (March 2012)