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Weighted Student Funding

Weighted student funding (WSF), also known as student-based allocation, student-based budgeting, and fair student funding, is a means of allocating resources from districts to schools or from states to districts. Whereas most districts allocate resources by use of a staffing formula, with WSF, fixed-dollar increments are allocated out to schools by student or student type. WSF is a significant development within the field of education finance and one that continues to gain traction particularly among larger urban districts in the United States. This entry begins by describing how WSF works at the district level, why districts use it, and key implementation issues. The entry then describes the use of WSF for state allocations.

WSF was first formally introduced in 1976 by Superintendent Mike Strembitsky for the ...

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