How Members Are Prioritizing School Finance
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

During 2016, there was an uptick in PIE Network organizations engaged in policy work related to school funding. This trend is likely to continue its upward trajectory in 2017, as much of the work begun in previous years remains ongoing and a new federal requirement around school finance transparency has garnered the attention of advocates.

Key Takeaways

  • Advocates are concerned about state financial systems. 94 percent of survey respondents said they were, at the very least, watching school finance as an issue.
  • Many advocates are planning to engage on the issue. 64 percent of responding organizations labeled the issue as a high priority or on the to-do list for their organization.
  • There are two primary streams of work related to this issue in the Network: funding formulas and ESSA’s financial transparency requirement.

State Snapshot

32 members in 23 states including D.C. are planning to engage on these issues, either as a high priority or on the to do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said school finance was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Sarah for an e-intro.

14 members said funding formula reform is a high priority

  • Advance Illinois
  • ConnCAN
  • Connecticut Council for Education Reform
  • Educators for Excellence-Chicago
  • Educators for Excellence-New York
  • Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • GeorgiaCAN
  • League of Education Voters
  • NorthCarolinaCAN
  • Rodel Foundation of Delaware
  • Stand for Children Illinois
  • Stand for Children Oregon
  • Stand for Children Washington
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio

8 members said finance transparency is a high priority

  • A for Arizona
  • Educate Nebraska
  • Educators for Excellence-New York
  • EdVoice
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • GeorgiaCAN
  • League of Education Voters
  • Stand for Children Washington

Looking for expertise or thought partners on school finance issues?

Below are advocates who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue

Organization Name Issue
GeorgiaCAN Michael O’Sullivan Funding reform efforts
Connecticut Council for Education Reform Jeffrey Villar Connecticut School Funding Formula
League of Education Voters Daniel Zavala Funding and Finance
Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey Equitable funding formulas
Stand for Children Illinois Mimi Rodman School finance and pensions
Advance Illinois Ginger Ostro School funding reform

If you’re looking for a national partner, members most frequently mentioned Edunomics, ERS, The Education Trust, and EdBuild as go-tos for advice and resources on school finance.


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