Based on interviews with state, district, and school officials, explores how performance pressures have changed resource allocation decisions. Examines reform efforts and constraints Ohio's finance system places on linking resources to student learning.
- Observation: Local administrators are responding to the pressure to improve student performance, especially for historically neglected and disadvantaged students, by improving the capacity and motivation of students and teachers, providing professional development to principals, and aligning components of the education and finance systems.
- Observation: Local administrators report that constraints to aligning resource use with goals include student demographics, including problems associated with poverty, inequitable and unstable funding, union contract terms and conditions, historical perceptions of what schools should look like, lack of teacher and administrator capacity, and lack of data and established practices to identify effective resource use.
- Observation: While leaders have made significant strides in attempting to improve the quality of education through education reforms, they have failed to make commensurate progress regarding the equity, adequacy, and stability of education finance.
- Observation: The rural district, in particular, has experienced high community support and has been able to create unique practices despite insufficient resources; a challenge is high student poverty and mobility.