School funding is an important and contentious issue. The great variance between school districts makes it difficult to find accurate information about how your school receives and uses its money. Here is a list of resources to help you find more information about school funding.
The Federal Department of Education
Although the federal government does not generally set education policy, they distribute billions of dollars to school districts each year. The Department of Education is responsible for disbursing these funds. It also oversees the National Center for Education Statistics , or NCES, which records and compiles data on school expenditures and performance.
State Departments of Education
States are responsible for distributing state tax dollars to individual school districts, and may set some school curricula. Most state departments have information on how those funds are collected and allocated. Use this list to find your state's Department of Education's contact information. In addition, the National Association of State Boards of Education collects important information on which kinds of policies have the greatest impact on pupils.
Local governments are responsible for collecting property taxes, which play a large role in funding school systems. They may also play a role in creating curricula, hiring administrators, hiring teachers, and directing the allocation of funds. Some important sources of local school funding information include:
Contact a qualified education attorney to help you navigate education rights and laws.