Appropriate education dollars to match student needs
Equitable school funding gives students, regardless of background, the same chance to succeed in the classroom. More dollars don’t necessarily guarantee better test scores, but when schools are short on money, they may struggle to create optimal learning environments.
Some students cost more to educate than others. A one-size-fits-all budgeting process does not account for the educational needs of a large, diverse student population.
Hamilton County officials should implement a student-based funding model that ensures students have equal opportunities in the classroom. This effort should be paired with greater principal autonomy to determine how school dollars are spent.