Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Local Control: Make Education Spending Portable

“[O]ne of the worst things politicians can do now is lock down school budgets with rules that prohibit administrators from responding creatively to opportunities to get the job done with less money,” blogs Heather Clayton Staker, a Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for the Education Practice at Innosight Institute. 
Staker advocates making education spending portable. 
“Instead, this era of scarcity requires a political shift in the direction of innovative thinking, particularly with regard to the issue of money portability—the ability to shift cash and resources in more flexible, responsive ways,” Staker writes.

One suggestion by Staker: "[A] funding mechanism that pays providers by the course, so that students can take courses outside their traditional schools."

This could allow small and rural schools to offer more advanced courses. 
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