Budget adjustments coming
How accurately did your principal predict your school's enrollment for this year? If you work for, attend or send your child to a school in Baltimore, the answer to that question is about to become extremely important.
Under the "Fair Student Funding" budget model adopted in Baltimore this year, schools are funded based on the number of students they enroll. They get a set amount for each pupil, plus more for students with special needs. The money was distributed based on the enrollment that principals projected in the spring.
Now, the system is preparing to redistribute based on the number of students who actually showed up. Those who were overly optimistic about how many students they would attract will be losing money. Those who got more students than expected will gain. The adjustments -- likely to include some teacher transfers from under-enrolled schools to over-enrolled ones -- will happen at the end of the first marking period, at the beginning of November.