BOULDER, CO (March 18, 2020) – In this month’s episode of the NEPC Talks Education podcast, NEPC Researcher Christopher Saldaña interviews Drs. Bruce Baker and Preston Green, leading experts in K-12 school finance and school choice policy.
Saldaña, Baker, and Green discuss the Biden administration’s proposal to allocate $130 billion in support to K-12 schools. While Baker and Green are encouraged by the administration’s decision to provide additional funds to schools and target those funds to schools serving students in poverty, they are concerned that the funds are temporary and being considered for uses that may not provide much benefit to students, such as measuring “learning loss.” They explain that one of the mistakes made in the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession was offering short-term federal funds that expired before state economies had recovered, creating a fiscal cliff for school funding. A better approach to school relief, they argue, would anticipate a slow recovery and incentivize states to return per-pupil funding to pre-crisis levels. Further, they advocate for funds to be spent on facility improvements and health supplies that will ensure students’ and teachers’ are safe during the pandemic.
Baker and Green also raise concerns over the US Supreme Court
Baker and Green conclude this month’s episode by describing their recent work developing a
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