Although per pupil spending in the US has steadily increased since 1970, the current economic crisis will prevent this trend from continuing in the coming years. State budgets have contracted, resulting in significant cuts to school district budgets. In this policy review, we investigate how the financial challenges and structural evolutions in public education have made it necessary for policymakers to adjust their approach to educational funding. In applying the lessons learned by the non-profit sector during the current recession to the state of public education in America, we provide three policy recommendations. These financial and public relations propositions include: (a) moving away from complete dependence on state funding by diversifying sources of revenue, (b) looking for opportunities to advance partnerships with private and non-profit organizations, and (c) cultivating stronger relationships with communities.
|Journal||Sanford Journal of Public Policy|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|