Funding Programs For Public Schools

1400 WordsAug 3, 20156 Pages
It is a common belief that students will perform better in a well-funded school. The National Report Card (NRC) examines the finance systems of all 50 states in the nation measuring how schools are funded based on four different categories: funding level, funding distribution, effort and coverage. “A fair funding system is one that provides a sufficient level of funding distributed to account for the additional needs” of the various populations, ensuring that all students have an equal and adequate opportunity for success nationwide (Krengel, 2014). However, the funding for public schools comes from federal, state, and local sources; however “nearly half the funding for public schools in the United States [being] provided through local taxes” (Biddle & Berliner, 2002, p. 48). Due to the funding being provided through taxes a large “difference is generated in funding between wealthy and impoverished communities” (Biddle & Berliner, 2002, p. 48). Not only is this difference present among communities, but districts, schools within the same districts and ultimately states across the nation, thus causing the issue of unequal school funding. All states have different formulas to determine where the funds come from but the formulas are developed with two common goals. The first objective it to account “for differences in the costs of achieving equal educational opportunity across schools and districts” and the second is to account “for differences in the ability of local public
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