April 15, 2015: New Data Visualization Tool
The Indiana General Assembly is considering changes to Indiana’s school funding formula as part of its deliberations about the state’s biennial budget. The school funding formula determines the distribution of funds to each of the state’s 289 school corporations and public charter schools. Particular attention in both the House and Senate proposals has been given to the complexity grant, which is the part of the state’s school funding formula that provides additional funding to school corporations to educate students from low income families. The proposed changes have implications for the equitable distribution of school funding as well as the amount of funding available to school corporations and charter schools to implement education services and reform strategies.
To explore how these changes impact Indiana’s school corporations and charter schools, CEEP has adopted the use of the visualization tool Tableau. Using publicly available data and Tableau, CEEP researchers developed displays showing how proposed changes to the funding formula will affect state funding provided to school corporations and charter schools. The tool also explains how the complexity grant currently works and would work in the revised funding formula. Finally, the tool invites you to propose your own changes to the funding formula to see how your changes would impact school corporations.
The visualization tool has been updated with new information and is currently available online. Please click here to access the data visualization.
March 31, 2015: New CEEP Policy Brief
Mapping the Growth of Statewide Voucher Programs in the United States
A new brief comparing statewide voucher programs finds all are growing as never before in the last five years. The brief, “Mapping the Growth of Statewide Voucher Programs in the United States,” examines four statewide voucher systems for students in general education programs (open to all students): Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, and Indiana. The brief is authored by Katherine Cierniak, CEEP graduate research assistant, Molly Stewart, CEEP research associate, and Anne-Maree Ruddy, director for education policy and senior research associate at CEEP.
Click here to access a PDF of the brief.