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Monday, August 25, 2014

The dark side of a good reform

Will the new district-wide discount level mean more or less funding for districts?  The answer, of course, depends on the district.  But Funds for Learning has given us a big picture.  You know I like pictures, and the graph is a nice summary, but in this case, it boils down to two numbers:
32.4% of districts will get less funding because of the new calculation
14.9% of districts will get more funding because of the new calculation

OK, Block 4 got simpler for some applicants.  Those with more than one location which aren't applying for Category 2 and have no other reason to separate out locations (like different services to different locations) will no longer have to supply location-by-location NSLP data.  That's a good thing, and a real simplification of the process for applicants.  It is also a significant streamlining of the PIA process.

But it's a bitter pill that the overall effect of this simplification will be a cut in funding.  Almost a third of applicants will see their funding cut.

Is it just me, or does it seem like all the "reforms" mean less funding for applicants?  At least this one is a real simplification, unlike so many other changes, which are mythic simplifications.

1 comment:

  1. Of course, this simplification turned out to be mythical, too, since you still had to list locations in Block 4.