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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 2015.  Broken links should be reported here.


Georgia's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education: Review of Trends and Policy Implications
Georgia State University, Andrew Young Center for State & Local Finance

Georgia enacted the special purpose local option sales tax for education (ESPLOST) in 1996, giving school districts the opportunity, with voter approval, to adopt a 1 cent sales tax with revenue earmarked for capital outlay. The ESPLOST has proven to be very popular with voters. (March 9)

It's Not Nothing; The Role of Money in Improving Education

The roots of the long and contentious debate about whether we should spend more for K-12 education can be found in two sentences from the famous 1966 report led by James Coleman. (March 6)

Commentary: The ABCs of Funding Georgia Education
Georgia Trend

Education – including funding and reform – has been a hot political topic as long as there have been teachers and politicians. In Georgia, passage of the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE) in 1985 was one of the first significant reform and funding acts – and its funding formula is still used today – 32 years later. (February 21)

Filling the Gaping Hole in Public School Budgets
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

State funding for Georgia’s public schools went up $1.5 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2017 and is set to go up $515 million if the General Assembly approves Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2018 budget. (February 8) 


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)