Public School Budgets
- Funding level
- Funding distribution
- State fiscal effort
- Public school coverage
The report uses the detailed analysis of these factors to determine which states exercised equality in their funding efforts, assuring that the school districts that needed the funding most were the top priority for their states.
According to a report in Daily Finance, the study looked specifically at the amount of funding per student, the percentage of the state's budget spent on public education, and the allocation of money to schools in high poverty areas.
When schools are faced with budget costs, most districts begin by eliminating faculty positions; however, reducing the number of teachers and administrators can only go so far on the bottom line. If school leaders reduce their faculty numbers, but still have not met their budgetary restrictions, then leaders are forced to develop new, and often controversial, alternatives.
For example, according to ABC News, schools across the state of California are hoping to reduce their spending by using older textbooks for longer periods of time. While California schools have already eliminated various educational programs, along with teaching and faculty positions, these cuts are simply not enough – and new textbooks are literally getting the ax.
In fact, school leaders report that the state of California will not be able to provide most of its public schools with new textbooks until at least 2014! Some schools in California, however, who do have textbook money saved, are