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Discuss the pros and cons of weighted funding for schools. Do you think that extra funding has improved services to special populations? Explain.

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The concept behind weighted funding for schools is that school districts which have a higher number of low income student or English learners would get $3,000 more per student than school districts with a lower number of low income student or English learners. The reasoning behind this plan was that these students require more funding because they require extra educational services. It is believed that weighted funding would push money to schools that serve more disadvantages populations (1).

Some believe that if weighted funding is allocated to schools that have a higher rate of ...

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The expert discusses the pros and cons of the program of weighted funding for schools. Also discusses the concept of whether or not the extra funding has improved services that are offered to special populations.

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The Chairman and the Vice Chairman of Finance are charged with the responsibility of collecting and investing organization funds. Checks issued by the organization should have at least two signatories in order to control the use of CBCSDO funds and also the management board should have control over the use of Organization accounts.
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