Financing Schools for High Performance: Strategies for Improving the Use of Educational Resources / Edition 1

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This essential resource provides a roadmap for redirecting school funds in ways that will dramatically improve student performance. Lead author Allan Odden—one of the nation's foremost scholars in school finance—offers a vision of finance reform that will give local schools more control over their budgets and ultimately boost student performance.Allan Odden and Carolyn Busch look at the inefficiencies in current education spAnding, examine varied approaches to school-based financing, and offer recommAndations for restructuring financing systems to meet ambitious reform goals. In addition, they propose ways to make funding more equitable across districts, outline the various elements that make school-based management work, and describe the key roles and responsibilities for the district even in a decentralized system.Financing Schools for High Performance is filled with examples of creative finance structures, formulas, and actual school budgets that support student learning and rigorous instructional programs. It will prove to be an indispensable aid for state, district, and school-level administrators.

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"Figuring out how schools can shift their current resources intoinvestments that will build high-performing schools is a challengefor all school administrators. Financing Schools for HighPerformance provides excellent guidance for this daunting task....In an environment of standards-based learning, this book examinesthe key questions and practices that leaders must address to designand manage successful schools. This work will be valuable for everyleader seeking to link decentralization of decision-making wtihimproved student performance." (The School Administrator)

"Financing Schools for High Performance is a fine fit with thecurrent political climate's emphasis on efficiency, effectiveness,and the 'bottom line' of student performance on standardizedtests." (American Secondary Education)

"Allan Odden and Carolyn Busch give compelling arguments about theneed to improve the use of the education dollar. Through exhaustiveresearch about school site-based financing both here and abroad,they provide a solid and thorough case as to why school-basedfinancing is a key element in improving school performance. Thisbook is an invaulable tool and guide for educators, policymakers,and others interested in raising student achievement." (John L.Anderson, president, New American Schools)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787940607
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/3/1998
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: 1 Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLAN ODDEN is professor of educational administration and policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and codirector of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. He is the editor of Rethinking School Finance (Jossey-Bass, 1992). CAROLYN BUSCH is an education finance advisor to Governor Locke in Washington State. Previously she worked as a research associate at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents


How the Education Dollar Is Spent.

The Case for Decentralized School Management.


The Case for Charter Schools.

A State-to-School Model from Australia.

School-Based Financing in England.


A Better Financing Framework.

Reallocating Education Dollars to Improve Results.

New Roles and Responsibilities for the District.

Summary: Putting Money Where it Matters Most.

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