Weighted Student Funding has become a popular initiative for district leaders who seek to allocate scarce resources to schools, especially in the face of stubborn achievement gaps, changing and complex demographics, and shrinking federal and state support.
It has the potential to significantly increase funding equity, transparency, and flexibility, thus empowering principals to design schools to best meet their students’ unique needs. Weight student funding describes any district funding model that:
Note: Weighted student funding is also known as student-based budgeting (SBB), fair student funding, or student-centered funding. Dive deeper into how the model works, which districts implements weighted student funding, and nuts-and-bolts guidance for how to design the model in your school system:
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