Each state must provide adequate and equitable financial support for public education within its boundaries. NASBE supports the following concepts:
Leadership for Education Funding
Responsibility for Federal Funds
Funding of Mandated Programs
Equitable Funding Distribution
Funding for Nonpublic Schools
Funding Nutrition Programs
School Trust Lands
Education Budget Priorities
A. Leadership for Education Funding
State boards should lead efforts to initiate and revise educational funding to provide quality education for all students enrolled in public schools. This leadership should include:
- informing state legislators and all other citizens of the financial needs of public schools;
- accounting to them for the use made of state funds and the accomplishments of the public school system; and
- advocating, in coalition with state policymakers, local districts and other stakeholders, for consistent funding mechanisms to ensure that all students attend schools with adequate facilities and equipment. (1997)
B. Responsibility for Federal Funds
Each state education agency should receive, administer, and account for all federal education funds. Local school districts should implement these specific expenditures within federal and state guidelines.
C. Funding of Mandated Programs
Whenever state or federal mandates result in added costs to state agencies or local districts, the mandating authority should provide funding to defray such costs.
D. Equitable Funding Distribution
State boards should advocate school finance mechanisms that distribute education resources equitably across the state and help reduce funding disparities between rich and poor districts.
E. Funding for Nonpublic Schools
There should be no use of public funds nor tax credits given for vouchers or scholarships to nonpublic schools.
F. Funding Nutrition Programs
Since adequate nourishment for children is critical to their health and ability to learn, state and federal funding to assure adequate maternal and child nutrition should be a high priority.
G. School Trust Lands
- States should make every effort to maximize financial returns from school trust lands. (1996)
- When school trust lands are included in open space or federal preserves such as national parks, national monuments and national forests, there should be adequate, just and timely compensation for these claims. (1996) (2003)
H. Education Budget Priorities
Budget priorities in difficult economic times should place highest priority on areas directly affecting student achievement. (2009)