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The Progress of Education Reform: Funding Dual Credit Programs PDF - More than 87% of America's public high schools offer their students the opportunity to gain college credit prior to graduation. Learning opportunities that allow students to gain college-level credit often are referred to as "dual credit" programs, and they are experiencing a growth in both the number of students who take advantage of them and the number of schools that offer them. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, January 2009)...

Formula for Success: Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding - Families, teachers and policy makers increasingly understand that high-quality pre-kindergarten is a critical part of children's educational experience. In 13 states and the District of Columbia, this recognition is reflected in the choice to finance pre-k programs through the school finance formula. This reform, co-written with the Education Law Center, discusses the benefits and challenges of integrating early education into states' general education funding structures. (Ellen Boylan and Shad White, Pre[K]Now/Pew Center on the States, May 2010)...

Facing the Future: Financing Productive Schools - Our school finance system was not built to support today's work: making sure all students learn what they need to be competent, productive adults. Further tinkering with the same old system is not likely to make it work better but could overload it further and make things worse. This final report of a six-year study suggests how states, localities and the federal government can switch to a more productive new system. (Paul Hill, Marguerite Roza and James Harvey, Center on Reinventing Public Education, December 2008)...

A Primer for Making Cost Adjustments in Education - This publication from the U. S. Department of Education was undertaken so that educators, the public and policymakers might better understand both geographic and inflation adjustments, and how they might be applied to elementary/secondary education. The authors present the differences in expenditures and costs, as well as how both geographic and inflation education cost adjustments can be used to assist in differentiating nominal and real costs. Because there may not be a single best cost adjustment, the book aims to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers and policymakers. (William J. Fowler Jr., and David H. Monk, NCES, February 2001)...

Making Money Matter - A comprehensive review of the theory and practice of financing public schools by federal, state and local governments in the United States, this report argues that money can and must be made to matter more than in the past if the nation is to reach its ambitious goal of improving achievement for all students. The book provides a thorough understanding of how facilities financing is an integral part of a comprehensive education financing system. (Helen F. Ladd and Janet S. Hansen, eds., National Academy Press, 1999)...


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