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K-12 Finance

Traditional school finance research tracks how the government distributes funds among school districts.

Instead, we focused on how districts and schools used their funds and how these uses affected students’ learning opportunities. We helped district and school leaders structure policy and allocate funds in ways that use every dollar to the students’ maximum benefit.

Our analysis reveals dozens of New England districts’ federal spending priorities as they move forward with pandemic recovery.

This brief gives a snapshot of how school districts across the country are currently planning for fall 2020, how they are planning for contingencies of COVID-19 spread, and how this varies based on district characteristics.

This analysis shows that school districts faced with large budget gaps could avoid some or all teacher layoffs by rolling back salaries.

School-funding changes over the last decade have created funding inequities for Indiana’s students from low-income communities, students with disabilities, English language learners, and students in public charter schools—inequities which will likely be exacerbated by COVID-19....

This report examines and offers recommendations to resolve Indiana’s student funding inequities.

Thousands of students in about half of Colorado’s school districts attend school four days a week. These small, rural districts try to do in four slightly longer days what others accomplish in five. Why? Some...

In education policy debates, we often talk about inequality as if it was primarily driven by learning that happens—or doesn’t happen—in schools. But out-of-school learning matters too. Sports and recreational programs can cultivate teamwork, passion,...

This essay explores what it would take to ensure that personalized and weighted funding follows students across multiple learning experiences.

These essays rethink foundational aspects of the current education system and offer new ideas to shift the lens from schools to students. 

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and...

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