Budgeting for Educational Equity

As school districts today face serious budget cuts due to the current economic situation, those in charge of financial decision-making are forced to make difficult decisions about how to allocate the resources they do have.  Often, the first programs to experience cuts are those that serve the children most needing support (e.g. literacy programs, special education, after-school tutoring programs).  Those making budgeting decisions for schools may need to change the way they think about how resources are allocated to ensure that their schools can meet the needs of all students, especially those who need additional assistance to succeed.  Weighted Student Funding is one option that ensures the resource allocation is directly aligned with meeting student needs.  Limited funds are no excuse for losing sight of culturally and linguistically diverse students

Below are some resources on allocating resources to ensure equitable distribution for students:

After reading through these resources, consider the following:

  1. Do you feel your district and school makes equitable decisions for students in allocating funds?  How could you work to improve these decisions?
  2. How much influence do you feel you have over budgeting decisions?  Did reading the “Allocation Anatomy” study change your views on this?
  3. Do you believe Weighted Student Funding would be effective for your school?  Why or why not?
  4. What other ways could equitable resource allocation be improved in your district and school?  How will you work to make these changes?

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