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How will ESSA financial data regulations affect school spending equity?

The ESSA mandate regarding financial transparency at the school level seems to be a two-edged sword for school districts. While the requirement clearly poses new challenges for school districts, it may also spark conversations about schools’ specific needs. Though the federal mandate does not require equitable funding at all schools, that seems to be the goal of some parents and observers.

The problem lies in the definition of “equitable funding.” Currently, funding within school districts can vary considerably.

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