Leveling the Playing Field

Creating Funding Equity Through Student-Based Budgeting

Karen Hawley Miles, Kathleen Ware, and Marguerite Roza, Phi Delta Kappan, 2003

When the Cincinnati Public Schools devised a reform strategy for improving student performance, it became clear that the district's traditional budgeting system was inadequate. The authors trace the district's process of moving to a system of student-based budgeting: funding children rather than staff members and weighting the funding according to schools' and students' needs.

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