Budget & Finance
Education news, analysis, and opinion about district and school finances and budgets.
- Budget & Finance 4 Financial Headaches Schools May Not Be Able to Avoid This YearHiring challenges, new and potentially expensive state laws, and intensive audits are on the horizon.Budget & Finance Most Districts Say They Don't Need More Time to Spend ESSER DollarsOnly 13 percent of districts surveyed by ASBO International said they plan to seek approval to spend the federal aid past the deadline.Budget & Finance 2023 in School Finance: Legal Fights, School Choice Debates, Persistent InequitiesHighlights of the year in school finance coverage include school funding lawsuits, private school choice legislation, and the looming financial storms brewing.Budget & Finance Bus Contracts: The Pros and Cons for School Districts Outsourcing TransportationDistricts see more predictable costs and get valuable expertise, but high costs send some back to an in-house model.Budget & Finance From Our Research Center When ESSER Funds Are Gone, Here's Where Districts May Turn to Fill GapsDistricts will look to a range of funding sources to cover the services they've paid for in recent years with a surge of federal money.Budget & Finance Need More Time to Spend ESSER Funds? Contact Your State Now, Ed. Dept. SaysMany school officials have been seeking more time to spend the billions in one-time funds they received from federal COVID-relief packages.Budget & Finance How School Districts Can Avoid Costly Mistakes That Make Auditors GrumbleAs ESSER funds expire, districts are looking to prevent costly mistakes that have ripple effects for years.Budget & Finance From Our Research Center Do You Know How Much U.S. Schools Spend Per Student? (Most Educators Don't)The gap between perception and reality could pose some potential problems for schools.Budget & Finance Tutoring Can Be Costly. Here's How to Make It Cost-EffectiveAs a federal funding cutoff looms, some districts are finding ways to make intensive tutoring sustainable.Budget & Finance District Leaders Want More Time to Spend ESSER Funds—and More Money, TooOn Capitol Hill, superintendents pointed to big wins fueled by federal relief aid, from extended learning time to mental health support.Budget & Finance Q&A Why Are K-12 Funding Inequities So Pervasive? A French Scholar of U.S. Education Weighs InEsther Cyna brings a unique perspective as a French scholar studying school finance in the United States.Budget & Finance Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Strategies for Closing the Funding Gap?Answer 7 questions about school funding after ESSER.Budget & Finance Every Student Needs School Supplies. But Who Pays for Them?Some districts cover the costs of classroom materials, while others expect parents or teachers to pay.Budget & Finance Opinion What Teachers Are Likely Missing From Their Back-to-School Wish ListsPens, paper, and markers are, of course, necessities. But for schools to thrive, more than basic supplies are required.Budget & Finance Reported Essay What Does It Actually Mean for Schools to Be Public?There’s a conflict between how we fund public education and its public purpose.