This policy brief explains some major drivers of revenues and expenditures, puts RCSD’s per pupil spending in context with other districts and poses questions for further study. We only compare RCSD’s finances to school districts in New York State because school funding policies are state specific.
How the Rochester community spends money on education is a reflection of its values. This policy brief is an introduction to thinking about the larger forces shaping the RCSD budget and the values those forces are promoting.
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.