TSS Indiana School Business and Finance Certification Module 3: Education Funding, Forecasting, Formula Bargaining, and Revenue Moving Forward

Module 3

Education Funding, Forecasting, Formula Bargaining

and Revenue Moving Forward

Section I
Instructor introduction/Review of Modules 1 and 2 of School Business Management basics. 
Indiana School Revenue Streams, Complexity Index, and the Voucher System.  How has funding in Indiana changed, and with consideration of private schools, charter schools, online academies, and homeschooling, how will educational funding change move forward?  A look at tax rate change, referendums, student enrollment, and basic tuition (DOE 54 generation and estimates).  Formula bargaining basics will be explored.
Section II
Overview and discussion of tax caps, tuition support, enrollment, count day(s), DOE 54 generation creating the revenue streams for Indiana schools. 
Resources: 7 Pdfs
Section III
Overview and discussion surrounding private school vouchers, special interest groups, and the debate of whether public funds going to private institutions are equitable, fair, and adequately supporting underrepresented classes and students in special education.
Resources: 15 PDFs
Section IV
TSS Public Taxation Issues. Instructor review of new learning material Covering objective 5 -VIDEO
Resource: 1 PDF
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 15 question assessment was provided to show mastery of learning objectives
Class Objectives:  By the conclusion of this course, the student will:
  1. Be able to explain the differences between basic tuition revenue, the voucher system, and efforts to direct revenue toward special interest groups and away from traditional public school corporations. (Political Trends)
  2. Be able to explain how the popularity of private school, charter school, online, and home school options are affecting the public school revenue streams in Indiana. (Enrollment Trends)
  3. Be able to explain how to generate a DOE 54 report to estimate this and next school year’s Education Fund revenue for public schools in Indiana.
  4. Be able to calculate how much money is available for formula bargaining to accurately forecast what is available for teacher salaries and benefits in Indiana.
  5. Be able to explain how tax caps (1%, 2%, 3%) have resulted in a defined amount of property tax revenue, divided among other governmental units resulting in a future need for local referendums.
  6. Be able to cite sources and legislation where education funding in Indiana has had support on both sides of the public education system as well as special interest groups like Private, Charter, Special Education, and Home School advocates in recent legislative sessions.
  7. Be able to summarize how objectives 1 through 6 are working together to make a very challenging situation for new and emerging public and private school leaders moving forward.

Course Curriculum

Section I Instructor introduction/Review of Modules 1and 2 of School Business Management basics.
Section II   Overview and discussion of tax caps, tuition support, enrollment, count day(s), DOE 54 generation creating the revenue streams for Indiana schools.
Section III Overview and discussion surrounding private school vouchers, special interest groups and the debate of whether public funds going to private institutions is equitable, fair and adequately supports underrepresented classes and students in special education.
Section IV Public Taxation Issues. Instructor review of new learning material Covering objective
Section V 15 question assessment provided to show mastery of learning objectives

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