In this economic analysis, published by the Connecticut Policy Institute, researchers explore Connecticut’s complicated funding structure, which focuses heavily on the desires and needs of districts, rather than the expenses of educating individual kids. The analysts propose a shift toward student-based funding, in which money would follow the child based on the school he/she attends. They argue that this model for student-based funding would better meet the needs of all of Connecticut’s students and ensure a more equitable funding system. Read this piece here.
We agree that student-based budgeting can be an interesting concept, but there are also some important challenges to consider before embarking upon implementation, as we‘ve highlighted on our own blog here.