Budget & Finance
Education news, analysis, and opinion about district and school finances and budgets.
- Budget & Finance Schools Are Scrambling to Find Effective and Affordable MasksHigh-quality masks can be expensive and scarce, with districts even competing to find and secure them for students and staff.Budget & Finance Opinion 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spending COVID-Relief FundsWith $190 billion in federal funding is coming to schools, a school finance expert explains what districts need to know now.Budget & Finance Schools Had Plans for Federal Relief Aid. The Delta Variant Upended ThemDistricts planned to spend federal funds on HVAC upgrades and new technology—but some are now redirecting money to face the Delta variant.Budget & Finance Why Failing to Require Masks Could Cost Districts Millions LaterSome insurance providers are threatening to cancel districts' coverage this school year—particularly if they break statewide mask mandates.Budget & Finance Opinion Three Tips for Spending COVID-19 Funds in Evidence-Based WaysIf COVID-19 funds targeted for evidence-based practices are going to deliver, it's crucial to be clear on what evidence is actually helpful.Budget & Finance How Kids Benefit When Principals Get a Say in Spending Federal COVID-19 AidIn some districts, principals play a key role in targeting federal pandemic relief money, but in other places they're left out.Budget & Finance Some School Districts Are Feeling COVID-19 Stimulus EnvyThousands of districts got little to nothing from recent federal stimulus aid, surfacing longstanding tensions over inadequate school funding.Budget & Finance Quiz Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Education Funding?Quiz Yourself: How much do you know about what's going on with education funding?Budget & Finance School Buildings Are Crumbling. Here's Why It's So Hard to Fix ThemAs the pandemic comes to an end and districts prepare to fully reopen schools, they face new construction costs and deadline pressures.Budget & Finance One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The CostDespite increasing demand from parents, states are giving districts little financial incentive to provide online learning this fall.Budget & Finance From Our Research Center School Leaders Say Stimulus Cash Will Go a Long Way—But Deep Funding Challenges RemainAn EdWeek survey finds many districts avoided the dire fiscal fate predicted last spring. But a flood of federal aid poses stark choices.