This report, prepared for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, explains how Georgia funds its schools, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of its current funding model, and proposes ways to improve it to propel student learning forward. The report leads to three recommendations: allocating K-12 education funding through a student-based funding model, incentivizing innovation that supports student performance, and building a comprehensive financial data system.
About Sharon Kebschull Barrett
Sharon Kebschull Barrett is a senior editor with Public Impact. She edits the Public Impact and Opportunity Culture blogs, copyedits Public Impact's reports, and provides research and writing for the firm. Her recent work focuses on extending the reach of excellent teachers, charter schools, and state policy. A former newspaper reporter and copy editor, Ms. Barrett is the author of two cookbooks, Desserts from an Herb Garden and Morning Glories (St. Martin's Press). She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as editor of The Daily Tar Heel.