Analyze how courts have historically resolved challenges to state funding systems.

Funding Allocation and Accountability (2-3 pages)

As a leader in your district, it is important to have a firm grasp of the factors that affect fund allocation in your school district as well as the ways in which school districts use those allocations. The purpose is to evaluate your school’s or district’s plan for allocating funds.

Note: Be sure to incorporate the funding allocation information you discussed with your district’s business manager into this assignment.

In your paper:

• Analyze your district’s chart of accounts by functional area, including the spending focus of each area.

• Analyze the per-pupil expenditures, state of facilities, and financial health of the district.

• Describe the software program and types of data used to demonstrate accuracy and accountability in how funds are employed in the district.

• Evaluate your school district’s criteria for determining the appropriate use of school funds. Include federal, state, and foundation funds in your evaluation.

• Evaluate, overall, your district’s plan for demonstrating accountability in the appropriate and wise use of funding.

• Reflect on what you learned from the interview with the business manager and the implications your learning has for you as an aspiring leader.

• Transcribe your interview as an appendix to the assignment. Include both the questions asked and the responses.

Impact of Education Choice on Public Funds (2-3 pages)

As a leader in your district, it is important to understand the significant impact of school choice programs on public schools. There are many education choices available to families, including charter schools, school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and home schooling. All have a significant impact on the funding of public schools. The purpose of this is to evaluate the effect that funding these school choice programs has on public schools.

In this assignment, which will be incorporated into your course project, you will identify and evaluate the effects that school choice programs have on public school funding.

In your paper:

• Describe statutes that determine how education funding is established in state law and how a specific state statute enables school choice and school choice programs. You should include the effect of the statute over time.

• Analyze how courts have historically resolved challenges to state funding systems.

• Evaluate how courts have progressed toward using public funds for school choice.

• Analyze the past and current roles of federal and state legislation and the courts in determining education funding for all children.

• Compare the choice dimension of No Child Left Behind and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1964

• Capital Financing (3-4 pages)

As a leader in your district, it is important to understand why facilities are such an essential and visible part of a school district’s profile in the community. Facilities are a large part of the resource focus of the district’s administration and school board.

In this assignment, which you will incorporate into your course project, you will evaluate the role of capital funding in a district and how this fosters successful student learning. You will also consider how innovative partnerships can enhance the financial stability of a district and improve education for all students.

Note: Be sure to incorporate the capital financing information you discussed with your district’s business manager into this assignment.

In your paper:

• Analyze the research on how a school district’s facilities contribute to and foster successful student learning. Provide citations to supportive references.

• Describe how innovative partnerships with businesses, institutions of higher education, or community groups can enhance a district’s financial stability, improve facilities, and improve education. Provide supportive examples and references.

• Describe various ways that leadership can affect or drive innovative partnerships and community efforts in order to pass a bond referendum. Provide examples of leadership actions and steps required to organize a community effort.

• Reflect on what you learned from the interview with the business manager and the implications your learning has for you as an aspiring leader.

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