The Coming Financial Transparency Storm

The Coming Financial Transparency Storm

May 2, 2019

“Next year, states will for the first-time report actual school-by-school spending as required under ESSA,” writes Dale Chu in this Fordham Institute blog post. “This effort represents a quantum leap from the typical practice of tracking and reporting average district per-pupil spending, and is arguably the most complex piece of the law—so much so that states were given an extra year to comply with the new requirement.” Aside from the many technical and policy-related questions involved, Chu says “there’s an even larger question of whether we are preparing ourselves for the political challenges that lay ahead.”