Site-Based Budgeting: a New Age of District Finance

Although it presents serious challenges, site-based budgeting could represent a critical strategy in the new age of school district finance that appears to be on the horizon in California. And the potential pay-offs for district officials, school site leaders and students could be substantial. Mary Perry, an independent education consultant, served as deputy director of EdSource from 1993 to 2011. She has written a wide range of publications on the subject of the state’s school finance system.

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