Reimagining School Funding

  • Boston Public Schools is starting the process to reimagine the school funding model. This work will update the method used to determine school level allocations of funds.

    As we envision this process and keep students at the forefront, we seek genuine partnership with our community stakeholders. Our hope is for community stakeholders to invest in this process. We ask the Boston community to join us in this process and use this site as the central hub to find updates, see scheduled engagement events, engage in REPT development, and connect with the project leads.


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    Boston Public Schools (BPS)  is excited to announce the launch of the “Reimagine BPS School Funding” projectinitiative. The needs of our students, families and schools look different than it did ten years ago. We must adapt in order to support these changes. To that end, we are launching this project to reevaluate and rethink how we fund our schools. Our aim is to ensure that the funding system we develop reflectives of the priorities of students and families, equitably supports the unique programming at schools, and ensures a “quality guarantee” at all schools.This critical work will invest in student-centered priorities elevated by our parent and community stakeholders through a change in the way funds are allocated to schools throughout the district. 

    For over 10 years, BPS has allocated its public funding to schools using a “Weighted Student Funding” (WSF) model. WSF factors in each school’s projected enrollment and the levels of need for each projected student to determine school budgets. Although there have been regular updates and modifications to the original formula, there is more work to be done. 

    “The needs of our students, families and schools look different than it did ten years ago. We must adapt in order to support these changes. To that end, we are launching this project to reevaluate and rethink how we fund our schools. Our aim is to ensure that the funding system we develop reflectives of the priorities of students and families, equitably supports the unique programming at schools, and ensures a “quality guarantee” at all schools”

    As the district experiences citywide decline in enrollment, we recognize that the WSF model has impacted school communities unequally across the district and that this method too narrowly constrains school funding in ways that may be counter to the community’s values. Under this context, today we begin to reimagine a better way.  

    ...  Please click HERE to read the full public announcement about the project