Marguerite Roza: The case for weighted student funding
As much debate as discussions about weighted student funding generate, the basic concept is straightforward: Instead of allocating staff to schools and paying their costs, a district that uses a student-based funding model would simply allocate a set dollar amount to each school based on its actual mix of students. Each year, as the mix and number of students at each site changes, so would the allocation.
Such a system takes the mystery out of how districts allocate funds to each school and clarifies how funds move when enrollments shift. As students transfer from one setting to another, the funds designated for that student transfer as well.