Researchers find merit in tying school funding to students' needs

01/15/2014 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A recent study finds that when done correctly, weighted school funding -- in which more money is directed to schools with higher numbers of low-income students -- can positively affect students' achievement. "Holding all else constant," researchers write, an increase in "budget autonomy predicts that a given school district would have higher standing proficiency rates, and faster proficiency rate improvement relative to other districts within its state. These findings hold for disadvantaged groups."

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