Funding Formulas

How much does a school get for a student? It’s a complicated question. You start with a base amount of state aid for each student. Then you add in a number of other factors, called “weightings.” The Kansas Department of Education gives some information, while the Blue Valley district puts some of the same information into a somewhat more understandable language.

Meanwhile, the prolific Kenneth Daniel calls for eliminating or modifying many of these weightings. Of particular interest: base “at-risk” funding on students who are failing academically rather than on economic status. Even if one takes the position that the correlation between “low income” and “at risk” is strong, and even causal, there’s something to be said for getting extra funding to students who have shown not merely a propensity for academic trouble, but a history of it.

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