Should Florida fund schools on outcomes?
When talking about education budgets, one thing never changes, Florida Board of Education chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan observed during the board's daylong budget workshop. "We look at it the same way, ... the same old structure of how the money gets allocated."
School districts get a large amount of money based on their student numbers. And maybe, Shanahan said, that should change.
"What if we changed the FEFP to outcomes?" she asked, suggesting course completion or some other metric as a starting spot. "Are there ways to go back to the fundamental way the money gets allocated?"
Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who was speaking at the time, warned that any such move would have to be carefully planned and researched. She also noted that large districts might be able to weather such a change, but smaller districts might have troubles, particularly in dealing with fixed costs.
Still, the board members liked the idea of at least considering such a change.
"The DOE staff could go back and look at it," Shanahan said.
"They should," vice chairman Roberto Martinez said.