School Finance Overview

School finance covers multiple areas, from dollars and state aide formulas, to school improvement, budgeting, effective resource use, teacher compensation and the public finance context of education.  The following pages provide a short overview of many of these issues, with links to chapters in our popular school finance text and other recent reports and publications, many from our projects with state legislators, each going into more depth on specific topics.

General Overview of School Finance

Legal Issues in School Finance

Equity and Adequacy Definitions and Measures

The Evidence-Based Model

Putting It All Together/Improving Student Performance

State School Funding Formulas

District and School Budgeting

Teacher Compensation

Public Finance Context

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