June 5, 2015

CEEP Visualization Highlights Changes in School Funding for the 2015-17 Biennium

The Indiana General Assembly approved significant changes to the state’s school funding formula as part of House Bill 1001, which establishes the state’s biennial budget. The changes approved by the General Assembly will impact the funding for public school corporations and charter schools across the state in the 2015-17 biennium. In its most recent data visualization, the School Finance Team at the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy reviews these changes. The visualization highlights both increases and decreases in state education funding for school corporations and charter schools. Further, it explains changes in calculations for Complexity Grant funding. The visualization enables residents statewide to see how the approved changes impact their school corporation and to see how funding levels in the new formula compare between corporations and charter schools.

Click here to access the new visualization.

May 6, 2015

Redesigned Database of Indiana School Referenda

To provide school administrators, policy makers, community members, and researchers with better research tools on Indiana school referenda data, CEEP has redesigned the Database of Indiana School Referenda.

In the database you will find the full Database of Indiana School Referenda as an Excel file, including school referenda data and results as well as summary statistics. The database now also features data visualizations where you can explore Indiana school referenda outcomes, requested tax increases, and vote shares by interacting with three tabs: 1) All Indiana School Referenda Outcomes, 2) General Fund Referenda, and 3) Construction Referenda.

Click here to see the redesigned Database of Indiana School Referenda.

April 15, 2015

New Data Visualization Tool

The Indiana General Assembly is considering changes to Indiana’s school funding formula as part of its deliberations about the state’s biennial budget. The school funding formula determines the distribution of funds to each of the state’s 289 school corporations and public charter schools. Particular attention in both the House and Senate proposals has been given to the complexity grant, which is the part of the state’s school funding formula that provides additional funding to school corporations to educate students from low income families. The proposed changes have implications for the equitable distribution of school funding as well as the amount of funding available to school corporations and charter schools to implement education services and reform strategies.

To explore how these changes impact Indiana’s school corporations and charter schools, CEEP has adopted the use of the visualization tool Tableau. Using publicly available data and Tableau, CEEP researchers developed displays showing how proposed changes to the funding formula will affect state funding provided to school corporations and charter schools. The tool also explains how the complexity grant currently works and would work in the revised funding formula. Finally, the tool invites you to propose your own changes to the funding formula to see how your changes would impact school corporations.

Please click here to access the data visualization.

March 31, 2015

A new brief, "Mapping the Growth of Statewide Voucher Programs in the United States," comparing statewide voucher programs finds all are growing as never before in the last five years. The brief examines four statewide voucher systems for students in general education programs (open to all students): Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, and Indiana. The brief is authored by Katherine Cierniak, CEEP graduate research assistant, Molly Stewart, CEEP research associate, and Anne-Maree Ruddy, director for education policy and senior research associate at CEEP.

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