Student-Centered State Funding: A How-to Guide for State Policymakers

Bruce D. Baker, National Education Policy Center, Jan 09, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What's important here is how the term 'student centered' has been appropriated by agencies advocating for private and charter schooling. This takes place through the use of the term 'student centered funding', which is the idea that the money follows the child, whether the child is educated in a public school, a private school, or by a trio of monkeys playing ukuleles. We find the argument laid out in Student-Centered State Funding: A How-to Guide for State Policymakers, published by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). The report is criticized by Bruce Baker in National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Review. "The brief advances the false dichotomy that advocates for state and district school finance systems to focus on funding the child, not funding the essential institutions that serve those children," he writes.

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