A Quality Approach To School Funding

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Some argue student-athletes are "paid" through full scholarships, something most college students can only dream about — and that's partially true. According to the NCAA, over 150,000 Division I and Division II student-athletes receive $2.9 billion in scholarships each year (Division III schools don't offer athletic scholarships). The very nature of team sports is that multiple teams must agree to compete together under a common set of rules.

As a result, local, state, and federal actors must all work to revamp school funding systems with a focus on quality. The right to an education rests with the state, as articulated in state constitutions, and local and state governments provide the vast majority of school funding. Meanwhile, the federal government must continue to focus its funding and support on high-poverty schools and address inequities that exist across state lines. Outcomes-based accountability should serve as a check on school funding systems. Any approach to supporting school finance reform should ensure that the money supports the resources, programs, and services that all students need to be prepared to fully participate in the workforce and their community.


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