Maintaining Education Equity amid Funding Cuts: A Tool for Policymakers

Funding for K-12 education is at risk in the coming year as state budgets, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, are planned and finalized. If temporary cuts are required, policymakers have an opportunity to protect and even strengthen equity for students as they address fiscal challenges in their states.

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ExcelinEd, in partnership with a diverse group of organizations—the Aspen Institute, the District Management Group, the Edunomics Lab and TNTP—has developed essential principles that states can use to guide and improve their budget-cutting decisions. Adherence to these principles will ensure that funding cuts, if unavoidable, are equitable, student-centered and strategic. Further, states can encourage their school districts to act similarly on behalf of students.   

A web-based assessment tool, FundingEducationEquity.org, accompanies these principles, allowing state decision makers to carefully evaluate their budget-cutting options, minimize harm to students and maximize the ability of districts to make best use of available resources.  

Solution Areas:

Education Funding

Topics:

COVID-19

About the Author

Matthew Joseph is the Policy Director for Education Funding at ExcelinEd.

Solution Areas:

Education Funding