Friday, December 20, 2019
URSP Student Melissa Alberto Creates own Dataset and Analysis to Give Stakeholders a Perspective for what Districts need more Funding Over Time
While Virginia has shielded itself from school finance litigation, it is still pertinent to understand that the funding model still contributes to inequities among each district. The analyses that I will be conducting will give stakeholders a perspective into what districts need more funding and an understanding into the overall trends across a long period of time. This is an imperative first step in addressing the issues of inequity and adequacy in Virginia. While this semester I have been able to complete much of the preliminary analysis, specifically noticing any trends between revenue, expenditures, demographics, and achievement, I hope to further develop this project beyond my time with the OSCAR URSP. Having Former Secretary of Education Anne Holton as my advisor has not only allowed me the necessary insight into formulating and executing this project, but also provided me supplementary resources such as connections with other Mason professors and colleagues has been an invaluable experience. Calling Virginia home has always made me so proud and doing my part to improve it in a small way will be an honor.