Budget & Finance
Education news, analysis, and opinion about district and school finances and budgets.
- Budget & Finance Interest Rates Are Going Up to Fight Inflation. Schools May Feel the Pain Either WayRising costs, expected higher wages, and diminished voter support for school levies have district leaders worried.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.Join a diverse group of K-12 experts to learn how to leverage federal funds before they expire and improve student learning environments.Budget & Finance States Grill Districts on How They'll Spend Their ESSER Money for Learning RecoveryThe scrutiny is crucial for accountability, but can add delays in using billions in badly needed funds.Budget & Finance How Are Schools Spending ESSER Funds? 4 Takeaways From a New ReportMore than 4 in 10 districts have already obligated all their pandemic relief aid, while nearly a third are still getting started.Budget & Finance A Flood of Federal Cash and Then Layoffs. What Gives?Some districts are cutting dozens of positions or scaling back programs to account for declining enrollment and inflationary pressure.Budget & Finance Some Surprising Things Schools Might Have to Cut Because of Fuel Cost IncreasesA spike in transportation and delivery costs is forcing some administrators to cut classroom spending and increase school lunch prices.Budget & Finance Chicago Public Schools Asked to Repay $87 Million It Got From 'Coding Error'The state of Illinois will distribute the money to hundreds of school districts that were underpaid.Budget & Finance 10 Reasons Districts Struggle to Spend Federal Relief FundsSpending billions of dollars in federal relief is a lot harder for school districts than just writing a check or pushing a button.Budget & Finance Why It's So Hard for Schools to Spend All That COVID Relief MoneySlow reimbursements, confusing requirements, and meddling legislatures are just a few complications as schools face pressure to invest.Budget & Finance Schools Got Tons of Federal COVID Money. Why Some Are Laying Off AnywayThe realities of school district finance is clashing with the mainstream idea that schools are all flush with cash.Budget & Finance Opinion Searching for Common Ground: How to Spend Public Money in EducationRick Hess and USC Dean Pedro Noguera discuss how to thoughtfully spend money in education and what that may look like on a practical level.Budget & Finance Opinion Teachers Need More Money for the Classroom. Here's How I Would Spend ItAn elementary teacher explains what he'd do with a $3,000 classroom-supply budget.Budget & Finance No, You Can't Spend COVID Money on That: A Compliance Expert Explains the RulesDistricts should be able to describe every expense in terms of its connection to COVID-19.