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A Democratic Constitution for Public Education$
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Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226200545

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226200712.001.0001

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Allocation and Control of Public Funds

Allocation and Control of Public Funds

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(p.89) 7 Allocation and Control of Public Funds
Source:
A Democratic Constitution for Public Education
Author(s):

Paul T. Hill

Ashley E. Jochim

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226200712.003.0007

This chapter describes a school funding system that, consistent with the principles of constitutional governance, funds schools and students equitably, gives schools a defined amount for every student that enrolls, and allow schools to set their own spending priorities. After reviewing the existing system for funding K-12 schools, the chapter describes a transformed funding system that would fund education not institutions; move money as students move from one school to another via a “student backpack” arrangement; pay for unconventional forms of instruction; pay for facilities without privileging conventional school models; withhold funding for ineffective programs without chilling innovation; and adapt funding levels and student weighting in light of experience. It explains how these principles would be put into practice, what problems might arise, and how these could be managed.

Keywords:   school funding, funding based on enrolment, student backpack, unconventional forms of instruction, facilities, innovation, student weighting

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