Presentation on theme: "Session 9: Per-Capita Financing of Education and Equity Issues C ONFERENCE O N I NCLUSIVE E DUCATION F OR C HILDREN W ITH D ISABILITIES Organized by: UNICEF."— Presentation transcript:
Session 9: Per-Capita Financing of Education and Equity Issues C ONFERENCE O N I NCLUSIVE E DUCATION F OR C HILDREN W ITH D ISABILITIES Organized by: UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS & UNICEF Country Office in the Russian Federation September, 2011 Thomas B. Parrish American Institutes for Research
2 Overview of this presentation What is per capita financing? How does it relate to inclusion for students with disabilities? What are its advantages?
3 What is per capita financing? Education funding is allocated based on a clearly specified formula. The primary basis under a “per capita” formula is the number of students. Under this type of formula, funding follows the student.
4 What is per capita financing? The amount of funds the central government allocates to a municipality and then onto individual schools is determined by formula. In simple form, the formula is: – The per capita amount X the number of pupils However, in practice, the per capita funding amount systematically varies for certain categories of students.
5 What is per capita financing? Larger per capita amounts may be specified for such factors as: differing grade/age, curriculum, location, minority language, social disadvantage, and disability status
6 What is per capita financing? These systematic variations in per capita funding amounts are sometimes referred to as funding “weights.” These weights are prescribed multiples of the per capita funding amount specified for a “basic” student. For example, a base student might be one with no special conditions (e.g. language minority) in primary school.
7 What is per capita financing? Key determinations to be made in per capita financing are: – What is the base funding amount? – What special categories of students will be awarded higher funding amounts (or weights)? – What varying “weights” are appropriate for the varying classification of students included in the formula?
8 What is per capita financing? These decisions, i.e. an appropriate base funding amount and the varying funding weights, are usually based on determinations of: – Adequacy: The resources needed and available to meet national education goals – Cost analyses: What are the relative costs of serving students with special conditions, e.g. language minority, in relation to a “base” level student?
9 What is per capita financing? These amounts also may be based on: – Historical national patterns of education spending – Research within the country regarding adequate education provision and cost differences among classifications of students – Research and/or practice from other countries
10 What is per capita financing? An example of the total per capita allocation for a primary school with 100 pupils might be: 60 students with no special needs: (60 X 1 = 60) 30 students of social disadvantage (30 X 1.2 = 36) 7 students of language minority (7 X 1.5 = 10.5) 3 disability students (3 X 2.5 = 7.5)
11 What is per capita financing? For this school the total weighted student count equals: 114 ( ) Funding for this school would equal: – 114 X the base funding amount (Note: the weights shown above are for illustrative purposes only.)
12 How does per capita financing relate to inclusion for students with disabilities? For students with disabilities, a single funding weight may be used. However, to the extent that a country has multiple sub-classifications for students with disabilities, it may be preferred to use differential weights.
13 How does per capita financing relate to inclusion for students with disabilities? For example, in the US, where approximately 13.5% of all public school children are identified as special education multiple classifications are used. A primary category of disability is determined for each child. Costs are shown to vary considerably within and across these categories.
14 Expenditures by Category of Disability – US (99/00) Note: The overall average expenditure ($12,525) differs from the amount in the prior slide due to excluding students served in the home or hospital.
15 How does per capita financing relate to inclusion for students with disabilities? Per capita funding facilitates special education inclusion because the funding follows the child This allows the resources for students with disabilities to follow where they are served. It is more feasible for local schools to serve students with disabilities if they bring with them supplemental revenues to at least partly offset their additional cost.
16 How does per capita financing relate to inclusion for students with disabilities? In addition to using cost as a basis for determining differential weights within special education, they may also be used to meet educational goals. For example, to meet national goals, a country may designate higher funding weights for students with disabilities when served in neighborhood schools and in mainstream classrooms.
17 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Adequacy/Sufficiency: It forces the consideration of how much funding is needed to reach national educational goals for varying classifications of students? Equity: Funds are distributed in a clear, consistent, and transparent manner based on the education needs of the students served. Efficient/cost-effective: Flexibility allows students to be served where their needs can best be met at a fixed level of spending.
18 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Adequacy/Sufficiency: Whether a country’s education budget is fixed, declining, or has the potential for expansion, it is important to consider how available funds may be best spent. Per capita financing allows flexibility with expanding or contracting national budgets in that the base funding amount may vary over time. The weights, however, may stay constant representing the different levels of support needed for varying classifications of students.
19 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Equity: The basis for funding education for municipalities and individual schools is consistent, clear and transparent. Students are funded equally throughout the country based on their education needs. However, other factors may be included in the funding formula to provide greater equity, e.g. urban versus rural cost differences.
20 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Efficient/cost-effective: Per capita financing allows students to be served where their needs can be best met. Differential funding weights can be used to create fiscal incentives for practices that align with national education goals. For example, per capita funding can be a powerful vehicle for de-institutionalizing services for students with disabilities to placement in neighborhood schools andmainstream classes.
21 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Efficient/cost-effective: The amount of funding received across entities for like students is comparable allowing better tracking of the use of funds and the results achieved. The full cost of providing institutionalized care could compete with that of services provided in neighborhood schools. The educational and social outcomes under these alternative settings can be more easily compared.
22 What are the advantages of per capita financing for students with disabilities? Efficient/cost-effective: Per capita funding facilitates consideration of the cost-effectiveness of alternative forms of service and educational placement. Over time, neighborhood services for students with disabilities are likely to cost less and produce more. Research shows enhanced educational and social outcomes for students with disabilities in more inclusive settings.
Fiscal incentives for inclusion Changing funding policy is not the sole answer to promoting inclusion At the same time: – It is difficult to foster inclusion when fiscal policies clearly favor restrictive placements. – Also, it is difficult to move away from restrictive services when they generate the most revenues for students with disabilities.
Fiscal incentives for inclusion Fiscal policies should promote practices shown to be cost-effective such as inclusion By primarily focusing on the costs of alternatives, the most important element of educational cost-effectiveness may be lost While cost is a vital policy consideration, the greatest emphasis in evaluating alternatives must be what is being produced.
Contact Information Tom Parrish, Managing Director American Institutes for Research (AIR) San Mateo, CA Website: csef.air.org