A029 - An Introduction to Education Finance and Budgeting (Teaching Fellow)




This course will introduce you to the public education financing and budgeting systems in place in the United States. We begin from the premise that how much and how money is spent on education reflects our actual, as opposed to theoretical, policy priorities. Specific topics covered will include budget processes and the politics of budgeting, district cost-drivers, school-level budgeting, activity-based costing, cost-benefit analysis, revenue generation options, and equity and adequacy frameworks for evaluating school finance systems. At the end of this course you should have an understanding of the American school finance framework, be able to analyze school and district budgets with a critical eye, and be able to think fluently about the financial implications of policies or proposals.