How Money Matters for Schools

Despite the infusion of hundreds of million federal, state and local dollars there still exists a large achievement gap between children from low income and non-poor families. After studying How money matters for schools address the following issues:

  1. Analyze Baker’s research brief on the importance of adequate funding and share your thoughts on equity and equality with regards to students from low-income families and districts.
  2. Does your state education finance plan allocate additional funds to districts and schools who service students from low-income communities?
  3. You are a principal of a low-performing school in a poverty-stricken community. At your July budget conference, you received an unexpected $250,000.00 from your district’s discretionary budget. How would you spend these additional funds to ensure improved student achievement and a significant return on the district’s investment?

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