Introduction to School Finance

General

Prefix

EDAD

Course Number

640

Course Level

Graduate

College/School

College of Education and Learning Design

Description

General introduction to fnding of public education in the U.S.; review of the history, development, and theoretical foundations of education finance; local, state, and federal programs of school finance; alternative structures for education finance; school finance case law; implications for educational programming and management.

Credits

Min

3

Max

3

Goals and Diversity

Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Trace the history of public education funding from a local, state, and national perspective.

Outcome

Understand the fundamental concepts in accounting in order to explain the basics how public education is funded.

Outcome

Evaluate plans for the allocation of resources for public education based on established principles and priorities.

Outcome

Understand the major influences on school finance and how these have impacted education locally and nationally.

Outcome

Study the influence of the courts on public education funding.

Outcome

Know the terminology and basic concepts used in the budgeting process.

Outcome

Understand the role of the school board, staff, MDE and Federal government in public education finance.

Outcome

Understand current and expected future issues affecting school finance (vouchers, performance pay, charter schools, etc).

Outcome

Evaluate plans for the allocation of district resources, reduction process, setting priorities.

Outcome

Know and define the common forms of taxation, data gathering and district profile analysis for the purpose of developing finance plans.

Dependencies

Programs

EDAD640 is a completion requirement for: