Friday, June 25, 2010

When the Money Doesn't Follow the Child

It is worth noting that under RI's new funding formula, which is still significantly better than what we had before, "the money follows the child" breaks down in at least two significant ways:

  • If a student moves from a high to low poverty district, the amount of state aid following them decreases.
  • Local property tax revenue, which varies due to the wealth of the local community, does not follow the student if he or she leaves the district.

So... what would we call a truly equitable system where all students in the state received truly equitable funding based on need, not zip code? Or is that simply unimaginable?

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