School Finance and Governance

Despite numerous critiques of education spending, money ultimately can improve student achievement when used thoughtfully and strategically. Smart investment practices for schools and districts include: incentives for districts to spend funds on initiatives that really make a difference, resisting influences that can force schools to spend unwisely, a strong state infrastructure to guide schools and districts in spending, useful information about performance and assessment measures, assistance for ongoing improvement, and a workforce of informed and empowered educators. SCOPE’s work analyzes how wise, purposeful investments can dramatically improve public education at moderate costs.

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