Afton provides advisory and analytical services that improve the potential for fiscal equity and transparency within state and local public education funding structures. This work often includes in-district funding allocation analyses by school and student need.
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”), funding equity and fiscal transparency are highlighted nationally. While some districts have transitioned to budgeting based on student needs, Weighted Student Funding trials authorized through ESSA will incorporate federal dollars with state and local funding in one clear funding formula, potentially providing even more transparency. Additionally, ESSA requires states and districts to report per pupil funding on school-level basis in report cards. Afton believes that when done efficiently and effectively, this information will provide a valuable insight into how equitably our schools are funded, and shed light on important opportunities to improve gaps. We are looking forward to supporting states and districts in meeting these ESSA goals in an effort to provide funding equity and transparency.