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Education Finance And Budgeting

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Overview / Abstract:

This course examines the concepts and theories that form the foundation of public school finance in America such as taxation, revenue sources, legislative issues, risk management, and other associated school finance considerations. The practical application of these concepts and theories will be experienced in the development of district or school budget planning and development.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Economic and Social Considerations

Identify the social and economic conditions that influence educational funding.
Analyze the changing demographics of America and the implications relative to educational finance.
Benefits of Education

Examine the return on educational investments with respect to individual achievement and societal benefit.
Analyze the correlation between economic resources available and educational achievement.
Sources of Revenue

Examine the various sources of revenue available to support public education.
Describe the history and use of taxes in funding education.
Examine the various methods used to evaluate taxation for education.
Funding Equity

Define equity in school funding.
Examine the relationship between funding equity and equal educational opportunities for students.
State Funding Formulas

Examine the various state funding formulas including their advantages and disadvantages.
Analyze a state funding formula for a specific state.
Federal Role in Financing Education

Analyze the federal government's role in public education as prescribed by the United States' Constitution, other federal legislation, and court decisions.
Examine the impact of federal aid, implemented through education legislation, to current public school programs.
School Finance Litigation

Analyze the roots of public school finance challenges and the principles involved.
Examine court cases that have influenced state funding formulas throughout the country, particularly those dealing with funding equity and educational opportunities.
School District Budgeting and Accounting Procedures

Identify the various components of a school district annual budget.
Analyze the necessary steps and stakeholders involved resulting in a cooperatively developed annual budget.
Examine budget documents to differentiate between revenue and expenditure budgets.
Explain the impact of weighted student count figures on the budget development process.
Identify the requirements for accounting, reporting, and auditing procedures relating to school financial matters under state law.
Bonding and Capital Outlay Procedures

Examine the various methods of funding capital outlay projects.
Purchasing and Inventory Control

Examine purchasing and inventory control procedures that contribute to sound budget policy and budget management.
Risk Management

Define risk management and identify its relationship to valid school finance policy.
The Impact of Political Issues on School Finance

Identify current and future politically charged issues that influence school funding.
Identify the positive and negative impacts of technology on school finance.


Nov 05, 2020


Education (Higher Ed) , Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3.0 CEU

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University of Phoenix

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