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Document Number: 6971

Fund the Child: Tackling Inequity and Antiquity in School Finance - This report argues that to ensure America’s economic competitiveness, boost student achievement, fulfill the promise of equal opportunity and renew the education delivery system, the United States must transform its archaic approach to financing public education. The report details a proposal calling on policymakers to transform the school funding system in service of meeting high ambitions for student learning. Envisioned is a transparent system in which: (1) funding from all levels follows every student to whatever public school he or she attends; (2) the amount varies according to the student's needs; and (3) funding arrives at schools as real dollars that can be spent flexibly, with accountability gauged by results rather than inputs, programs, or activities. (The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2006) ...

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