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From the ECS State Policy Database: Finance--District - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Public Education Finances: 2012 - Public elementary and secondary education revenue declined in FY 2012 for the first time since 1977, when the Census Bureau began collecting education finance data. This report offers figures on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets of school systems, including statistics on spending — instruction, transportation, salaries and employee benefits — at the national, state and district levels. State governments were the leading source of revenue closely followed by revenue from local sources. Of the largest school systems, highest spender per pupil in 2012 was New York City at $20,226. (Mark Dixon, U.S. Census Bureau, May 2014)...

Meeting the Challenge: Fiscal Implications of Dropout Prevention in Massachusetts - This brief begins with an overview of existing statewide efforts to prevent dropouts; then summarizes the themes common across five districts that have established a systemic approach to reducing their dropout rates; describes the specific strategies viewed as effective by school and district leaders; considers the costs of dropout prevention efforts; and offers considerations, based on findings, for policymakers and school and district leaders. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, March 2011)...

Methods for Reducing Costs and Maximizing Revenue in Public School Districts - The Texas Legislative Budget Board School Performance Review conducts effectiveness and efficiency reviews of school districts. The Board published approximately 180 comprehensive and targeted school reviews that have identified methods for school districts to be more efficient and effective as they face challenges on how to use their resources. This report provides methods that have been identified in past school performance reviews that suggest ways for districts to control costs, reduce overhead and streamline operations. (Texas Legislative Budget Board, January 2011)...


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