A new report in Digital Learning Now’s Smart Series calls attention to America’s school finance system. Complete with an infographic, executive summary and full report, this new resource points out that many of today’s students are opting for blended and online learning environments and that these models will be potentially inaccessible to the mainstream unless funding options are improved. The authors of this report (John Bailey, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark) offer several design principles for school finance reform. According to Digital Learning Now, a new system should be designed around the needs of students and be weighted, flexible, portable and performance-based. Referenced in this executive summary is another report that may be of interest to GETIdeas’ readers, Fund the Child: Tackling Inequity and Antiquity in School Finance(2006). The report authors conclude an urgent call to action directed towardslocal, state and federal leaders; these groups should seize the moment, “The face of education is changing. Shifts in the nature of teaching and learning necessitate complementary shifts in the way education is funded. With the implementation of college- and career-ready standards and the shift to personal digital learning, policymakers have an unprecedented opportunity to redesign the current school finance system to set students free to explore the myriad of instructional opportunities available today.”
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