Sanford wants to delegate responsibility for education funding to the state (instead of to school districts) and then distribute the dollars based on the educational needs of individual students, not the tax base of the district in which they reside. As students change schools, their funding follows them. This is called “weighted student funding (WSF),” various forms of which exist in a few cities—including Cincinnati and San Francisco. . . . WSF holds advantages for both liberals and conservatives. It’s a fair way to solve funding inequities between districts, and by allowing money to follow individual students, it also opens the door to more school choice.
Fordham is working on a report on weighted student funding.