Renowned school finance expert Bruce Baker to speak at KASB School Finance workshop

Renowned school finance scholar Dr. Bruce D. Baker, EdD will remotely join KASB’s Wednesday School Finance workshop for a discussion on equity issues in school finance and the broader national picture.

Regarded as one of the leading scholars in the field of school finance and equity, Dr. Baker brings a level of knowledge and understanding not often available at these workshops.

His latest work, Educational Inequality and School Finance: Why Money Matters for America’s Students, is highlighted in great detail on the Amazon book site.  Read their description below:

“In Educational Inequality and School Finance, Bruce D. Baker offers a comprehensive examination of how US public schools receive and spend money. Drawing on extensive longitudinal data and numerous studies of states and districts, he provides a vivid and dismaying portrait of the stagnation of state investment in public education and the continuing challenges of achieving equity and adequacy in school funding.

Baker explores school finance, the school and classroom resources derived from school funding, and how and why those resources matter. He provides a critical examination of popular assumptions that undergird the policy discourse around school funding—notably, that money doesn’t matter and that we are spending more and getting less—and shows how these misunderstandings contribute to our reluctance to increase investment in education at a time when the demands on our educational system are rising.

Through an introduction to the concepts of adequacy, equity, productivity, and efficiency, Baker shows how these can be used to evaluate policy reforms. He argues that we know a great deal about the role and importance of money in schools, the mechanisms through which money matters for student outcomes, and the trade-offs involved, and he presents a framework for designing and financing an equitable and adequate public education system, with balanced and stable sources of revenue.

Educational Inequality and School Finance takes an issue all too often relegated to technical experts and makes it accessible for broader public empowerment and engagement.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Baker and other local experts as we take a deep dive into School Finance in Kansas. Follow this link to register for Wednesday’s workshop at the KASB offices in Topeka.

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