In March 2010, urban education leaders gathered in Baltimore, MD for the Fair Student Funding Summit, a conference that brought together districts that use weighted student funding (WSF)—also known as student-based budgeting—as an approach for allocating dollars to schools. Convened by Education Resource Strategies (ERS) and hosted by Baltimore City Public Schools, the purpose of the summit was to provide a forum for districts to share ideas on school funding, discuss what is and isn’t working, and spark new approaches. These summaries came from posters used for an opening gallery walk to the summit.
In each poster, you will find information about each district’s size, budget, and scope of their weighted student funding system as well as details on their unique approach. There are also two overview charts that compare the districts choices for weights and school-controlled resources.
School district summary posters: