HISD's Decentralization Reform (Part 4: Funding)

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This brief addresses Houston ISD's decentralization funding and is the final part of a larger study about HISD's decentralization.

In this research brief, Houston Education Research Consortium researchers examine Houston ISD's general fund budgeting strategy to see how much money schools received and how they were used during the 1999-2000 through 2015-2016 school years. 

Key findings include:

  • Middle schools and high schools had larger total general fund budgets and more per-student spending than elementary schools.
  • Small schools had higher per-student spending than non-small schools, even though their total general fund budgets were not different.
  • Schools with a higher proportion of economically disadvantaged students had larger total general fund budgets while having slightly lower per-student spending. 
  • Enrollment size was the best predictor of key personnel at a school, with larger schools being more likely to have assistant principals, counselors, nurses and librarians.

This brief is the final part of a larger study that addresses four topics — the history of decentralization, the satisfaction and attitudes towards the current model, the impact on students and, finally, the impact on funding equity — related to decentralization in Houston ISD.

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HISD’s Decentralization Reform (Part 1: Policy Analysis)
Feb. 28, 2018

his research brief is Part I of a four-part series that studies the implementation and impact of the HISD decision to decentralize in the 1990s

HERC Decentralization Brief Part 2
HISD's Decentralization Reform (Part 2: Principal Survey)
May. 21, 2018

This research brief looks at HISD principal attitudes and satisfaction within the current decentralized model.

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HISD's Decentralization Reform (Part 3: Decentralization and Student Achievement)
Mar. 5, 2019

This brief provides evidence on the relationship between HISD's decentralization reforms and student achievement.

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