What is Student Centered Funding – AKA the Betsy DeVos Voucher Scheme?
Student Centered Funding or Student Based Budgeting is a fundamental shift in resource allocation in LAUSD – or, as we’re going to call it from here on out, the Betsy DeVos Voucher Scheme.
Currently, our neighborhood schools are assigned a certain number of teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers, therapists, aides, maintenance workers, programs, etc. based on the enrollment, with some increased resources directed to schools with identified higher needs. All programs and resources that we have fought tireless for – and went on strike for six days to win – to ensure that every student has a strong foundation in every neighborhood school within the district.
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In the proposed SCF Model, the district would send schools dollars instead of ensuring a strong foundation of programs, educators, and staff. Funding for each school would be determined by calculating a specific dollar figure for every single student in the district, with different dollar amounts assigned based on individual student characteristics. The principal would then use that pot of cash to “buy” educators and programs and maintain the campus. Where the student goes, their “backpack of cash” travels with them. And here’s the kicker: LAUSD would be the first and only district in the nation to bundle their federal funds into these “backpacks full of cash”.
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Secretary DeVos Announces New Student-Centered Funding Pilot Program
Opportunities and Challenges of Student-Based Budgeting -Like most funding distribution systems, student-based budgeting (SBB) comes with a set of opportunities and challenges.
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