Performance Based Funding: A New Approach to Funding Elementary and Secondary Education

U.S. taxpayers spend at least 5.4 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) funding elementary and secondary education, and the current Federal practice for funding schools is based almost exclusively on attendance. This funding method is a fundamentally flawed model that misaligns incentives, rewards sub-par performance, and diminishes the imperative for significant and sustained educational outcomes. School funding, as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wrote in 2011, “should be based upon academic growth and not just whether a student enrolls and sits at a desk.”

E-Rate Program Expands 123 Percent in New Proposal

Under proposed changes currently being circulated by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler the E-rate program is set to expand nearly 123 percent from 2008 levels. The program, which provides funds to schools and libraries for telecommunications services, has been the target of reform for years due to its onerous requirements. Instead of streamlining the process and ensuring that the neediest schools receive assistance, the new plan merely expands the program without the overdue reforms.

The Daily Dish

College education for one’s kids has become a central component of the American Dream. In recent years, however, the cost, value, and federal financing of higher education have become part of a rising public debate over the future of higher education. To get a better understanding of the issues most important to the public, AAF commissioned a nationwide poll on this issue by Glen Bolger  and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies.

The Week in Regulation

A wild week in regulatory activity resulted in a steep increase in 2014’s cost burden, but an even steeper decrease in its cumulative paperwork burden. Agencies added nearly $8 billion in total costs. Energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigerators and the Department of Education’s new “Gainful Employment” rule were the main cost drivers. Yet, largely thanks to a proposed Transportation rule, the year’s net paperwork burden fell by nearly 15 million hours.

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