Monday, January 29, 2018
Fair Student Funding Shortchanges Schools And The DOE Does Norhing About It.
One of the great policy disasters that the DOE has implemented is the school-based Fair Student Funding policy. The immediate effect was that principals were incentivized to hire "newbie" teachers rather than hire the best teachers for their students. While sixty school districts across the country use some version of the fair student funding policy, only New York City makes it school based. The others implemented it District wide and is not school based. By making it District wide, no one school is penalized for hiring veteran teachers.
New York City's school based fair student funding is also the reason that veteran teachers are being targeted by principals as teacher salaries make up the bulk of a school's budget. Eliminating a high salaried teacher and replacing her with a "newbie" can save the school $50,00 or more and lower the average teacher salary for the school the next year, with the savings going into the principal's budget. Moreover, under school-based fair student funding teacher longevity raises are not factored in and once a teacher completes ten years, the school must swallow the raise in their budget. That's why veteran teachers become a target for termination.
Finally, most schools do not receive their fair share of funding, averaging between 87%-92% of the money they should be receiving. That's another reason that principals are looking to remove veteran teachers from their budget.
Charkbeat wrote an article that lays the blame on everybody except the DOE in using the fair student funding formula in the first place and you can read it Here.