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Addressing Funding Inequities within Districts - A growing body of research has uncovered evidence that schools serving high concentrations of poor, minority and low-performing students receive fewer resources than other schools in the same district. This working paper is separated into three sections, which: (1) describe the shift that some researchers have made from examining fiscal equity at the district level to analyzing the allocation of funds to schools within a district, (2) describe the causes of sub-district funding inequities, and (3) analyze some of the legal and policy implications of sub-district finance inequity and suggest a possible avenue through which reform might be pursued. (Kelly Warner-King and Veronica Smith-Casem, Center on Reinventing Public Education, August 2005)...

Health Care Costs Account for Nearly 10% of School District Budgets, Almost $900 Per Student, Survey Reveals - This press release reports findings from a July 2005 survey of Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International members on the rising cost of health care. Respondents listed rising health-care costs as their biggest concern, 94% either agreed or strongly agreed that the cost of providing health care to their district employees was rising faster than district revenues and 68% either agreed or strongly agreed that the rising costs have negatively affected the ability of their district to provide academic services to students. Also available online are complete results of the survey. (ASBO International, July 2005)...


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