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An Update on: Estimating the Impact of the EduJobs Proposal on States MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote updates information on the proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives would create an "education jobs fund" which many are calling the EduJobs program. This program would provide $22.47 billion to states to create or save education positions in K-12 public schools. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, July 2010)...

Maximizing Education Reform in the Stimulus Bill: Building State Innovation Funds PDF - As states prepare for the disbursement of billions of dollars from the stimulus’ stabilization fund, many state officials are grappling with how to best simultaneously shore up district budget deficits and maximize the opportunity to reform policies and practices that impede student achievement. Education Commission of the States (ECS) and Teach for America (TFA) have produced an idea paper for states to consider as each begins this important work. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, March 2009)...

ECS Policy Alert MS Word PDF - The "Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" contains almost $100 billion in new federal education spending. ECS staff have produced a short summary of the bill to help state policymakers better understand its implications. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, February 2009)...

Federal Education Budget MS Word - This StateNote contains the appropriations for selected departments and programs within the Department of Education, with a special focus on programs that impact the No Child Left Behind initiative. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, January 2005)...

International School Finance MS Word PDF - This StateNote shows how America's school funding system compares with other developed countries’ systems from around the world. This information was collected and published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, November 2004)...

21st Century School Finance: How is the Context Changing? MS Word - This paper, the second one of three in a series: Education Finance in the States: Its Past, Present and Future, touches on the following questions: What transformation must the school finance system undergo to improve learning for all students? Do the funds available support an "adequate" education for all children? What new demographic realities are affecting funding support systems? How are the new approaches to providing education challenging school finance policies? (Janet S. Hansen, Education Commission of the States, July 2001)...

The Status of School Finance Today MS Word - One of three in the series, Education Finance in the States: Its Past, Present and Future, this paper provides a summary of the current status of education funding in the United States. Specifically, it describes the scope of the school finance enterprise, explains how schools obtain funding, identifies the factors that influence funding availability, describes strengths and weaknesses of current funding methods, and identifies other issues that have funding implications. (John Augenblick, Education Commission of the States, July 2001)...

1999 State Education Financing Trends MS Word - This is an analysis of major state-level trends in public school financing. Highlighted are gubernatorial agendas, legislation both passed and failed, and court rulings in 1999. (John Myers and Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, October 1999)...

Funding Student Learning: How to Align Education Resources with Student Learning Goals - This report explores the problems with state finance systems and offers solutions on how to align resources with student learning goals. It is a product from a five-year, in-depth study of K-12 school finances in the United States. The researchers found school finance systems need to be transformed, not tinkered with; to meet today’s student achievement goals. Elements of fixing school finance systems include: allowing federal, state and local dollars to follow students; integrating resource decisions with instructional plans and then measuring and analyzing results of the expenditures; defining and funding research and development that investigates resource use; make resources use and student achievement central to financial reporting practices; and using funding contingencies to create fair and meaningful accountability. (School Finance Design Program, Center on Reinventing Public Education, October 2008)...

20/20 Costs and Funding of Virtual Schools: An Examination of the Costs to Start, Operate and Grow Virtual Schools and a Discussion of Funding Options for States Interested - School finance experts Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) embarked on a year-long project, funded by the BellSouth Foundation, to examine issues related to cost and funding of virtual schools, including the cost of operating and the funding mechanisms to support such schools. This report presents the cost consideration of online programs, a discussion on how schools are funded across the country, and policy issues which must be considered. (Amy Berk Anderson, John Augenblick, Dale DeCesare and Jill Conrad, BellSouth Foundation, October 2006)...

Current Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2003-04 - This report presents current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education for the 2003-04 school year (or fiscal year 2004). Total current expenditures represent the amounts expended for the day-to-day operation of schools and school districts. The majority of these expenditures go towards salaries and benefits for school staff; however, they also include purchased services and supplies. (Frank Johnson, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2006) ...

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2002-03 - Approximately $440 billion in revenue was raised to fund public education for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th in the 2002-03 school year. This report presents data for public elementary and secondary schools on: (1) revenues; (2) percentage distribution of revenue; (3) current expenditures; (4) percentage distribution of current expenditures; (5) student membership and current expenditure per pupil; (6) current expenditures for instruction; and (7) total expenditures. Data are disaggregated for each state and outlying area, and other indicators starting on page 6. (Jason Hill and Frank Johnson, National Center for Education Statistics, April 2005)...

Federal Support for Education: Fiscal Years 1980 to 2003 - This report provides a picture of total federal financial support for education from fiscal year 1980 through fiscal year 2003. A summary of dollar amounts spent on education programs in the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies is provided. (William C. Sonnenberg, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2004)...

Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems 2003 Edition - This revised handbook presents a national set of standards and guidance for school system accounting, and is designed to help ensure that education fiscal data are reported comprehensively and uniformly. The handbook is separated into eight chapters; (1) introduction, (2) uses of information, (3) budgeting, (4) governmental accounting, (5) financial reporting, (6) account classification descriptions, (7) cost accounting and reporting for educational programs and (8) activity fund guidelines. A summary of account code changes occurring between 1990 and 2003 is provided. (National Center for Education Statistics, November 2003)...

Selected Papers in School Finance, 2000-01 - The education finance community faces a wide variety of measurement issues. These commissioned papers address how teacher compensation has changed over time; conceptual and methodological approaches for making inflation and geographic cost adjustments in education; tools of the trade for assessing the financial condition of public school districts; and an attempt to devise a synthesis of two divergent approaches to school-level financial reporting. (Dan D. Goldhaber; William J. Fowler, Jr. and David H. Monk; Dean Michael Mead; William T. Hartman, Denny G. Bolton and David H. Monk; NCES, August 2001)...

Schools Become the Focal Point of Finance MS Word - A federally appointed commission suggested the Consumer Price Index has been miscalculated for several decades. Could there be a parallel in education? Are the traditional regulatory reporting mechanisms using district-level data built around average per-pupil expenditures, average daily attendance, or full-time equivalents flawed? (Article by Chris Pipho reprinted with permission from Phi Delta Kappan, February 1997)...


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