Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Update on health insurance and the foundation

More inadequate than ever.
Further, it’s worth emphasizing that in addition to ensuring that the foundation budget accurately reflects true health insurance and special education costs, there are likely larger adequacy concerns that need addressing, now that we’ve been using the same school funding formula for twenty years. Schools have changed dramatically during the intervening years—creation of MCAS, implementation of curriculum frameworks, huge technological advances, etc.—and, yet, the formula has the same basic structure it did back in the early 1990s. It may well be time to engage in a bigger picture redesign of the foundation budget, factoring in all that has changed and all that we now know about how to structure successful schools so that all kids have a strong opportunity to learn.
I should point out explicitly that it's the Mass Budget and Policy Center doing the number crunching,, again, here. Smart people doing seriously necessary work.

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