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Governmental Research Association Annual Policy Conference Washington, D.C. August, 2014

Governmental Research Association Annual Policy Conference Washington, D.C. August, 2014

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  1. Governmental Research Association Annual Policy Conference Washington, D.C. August, 2014 Michael Griffith School Finance Consultant Education Commission of the States

  2. Education Commission of the States • Founded in 1965 to enlighten, equip and engage education policy makers • Provides nonpartisan unbiased advice to policymakers throughout the country • 53 member states, territories and the District of Columbia • Web Site: www.ecs.org

  3. ECS School Funding Study • The status of education revenue • School funding issues • State solutions

  4. Total State Tax Revenue Source: U.S. Census

  5. Percentage Change in State Tax Revenue

  6. Federal & State K-12 Expenditures

  7. Local Education Funding(Numbers in $1,000) Source: U.S. Census

  8. Expenditures Per Pupil Source: U.S. Census

  9. What Has Been Cut? • Transportation • Capital expenditures • Technology • Textbooks • Supplies • Equipment

  10. What’s Happening Now in States? • Reviewing/studying funding formulas • Funding for high-need students • At-risk • ELL • Special education • Addressing state specific issues

  11. School Funding Activity Studies • Alabama • Kentucky • Maine • Maryland • Montana • South Dakota Litigation • Texas • Washington Committees/Panels/Meetings • Arizona • Illinois • Nevada • Pennsylvania • Tennessee

  12. High-Need Students • At-risk • A new measure for at-risk • Funding levels and expectations • Addressing the idea of density • ELL • Addressing it within the formula • Should there be a time limit? • Incentives for moving students off ELL

  13. Special Education • 1st generation • Single weight • 2nd generation • Multi-level based on disability • 3rd generation • Based on services provided • Some states moving toward “census based” systems

  14. Six Hot Topics • Adequate funding? • Determining a district’s wealth • Shrinking school districts • School district consolidation • Education reserve funds • Fiscal emergency/State takeover

  15. For More Information Education Commission of the States 700 Broadway, Suite 810 Denver, Colorado 80203 (303) 299-3624 www.ecs.org ecs@ecs.org