School Spending

EdStat: 19 States Permit Charter Schools to Opt Out of State Retirement Plans

In 19 states, charter schools can offer their teachers an alternative to state retirement plans.

EdStat: $1,220 per Pupil Was Spent by School Districts on Teachers’ Pension Benefits in 2017

Pension costs, excluding Social Security and retiree health insurance, have grown from $520 per student in 2004 to $1,220 today.

In the News: How Are Schools Funded and Why Does It Matter?

Marguerite Roza is interviewed by Christine Schneider of the Walton Family Foundation about how school spending is related to efforts to improve schools.

How Progressive is School Funding in the United States?

The fact that overall funding progressivity remains low despite two decades of reforms suggests a troubling lack of progress on equitable funding of public schools.

That’s Not Fair!

Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.

Charters Must Avoid Recreating the Failed School District Financial Model

It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.

With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

What Should States Do About School Districts In Financial Trouble?

Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.

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