Behind the Headline: School Spending is Poorly Tracked, At Odds with Policy Goals
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School Spending is Poorly Tracked, At Odds with Policy Goals
4/5/10 | The Urban Institute
Behind the Headline
Breaking Down School Budgets
Summer 2009 | Education Next
A new book by Marguerite Roza, Educational Economics, explores the deficiencies of our system of school finance, in which districts do not even know how dollars are spent and wide variations in spending are masked by average spending figures. In the summer of 2009, Ed Next published an article by Marguerite Roza in which she used raw data from a school district to calculate actual spending for different services at the classroom level, which revealed great variation in per pupil spending by subject and course level.