Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) goes by many names, including Student-Based Allocations (SBA), Weighted Student Funding (WSF), Fair Student Funding (FSF), or Student-Centered Funding (SCF). Regardless of its name, SBB is a funding system whereby dollars follow students based on student need. Or, more specifically, it describes any district funding model that: allocates dollars instead of staff or materials, is based on the number of students, and uses objective and measurable student characteristics as weights.
Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. This model can allow districts to increase equity, transparency, and flexibility.
Is SBB is right for your district? Find out with this guide, which is an updated version of our popular 2014 publication.
Is your district ready for SBB? This tool details a set of questions to help you determine if SBB is right for your district at this time.
Ready to implement SBB? This detailed manual describes how to prepare for it, how to design the formula, and how to rollout the model.
Understand the mechanics of an SBB formula, and begin to build your own.
Get help thinking through the information schools need to create their budgets under an SBB system.
(Note: The previous version of this file may not have been compatible with some computer systems; we have updated it and it should work for everyone now)
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