The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently launched an online database that will help school administrators and the group’s members track a wide variety of education funding issues. The database can be found on the site under “Policy Issues” and “education.” Although the site is designed for state legislators, most information is open to all visitors who are interested in learning more about how certain state mandates affect schools. NCSL describes the site as an “information clearinghouse” that explains how state education funding formulas work and tracks all education-finance litigation. Among the topics covered are funding for technology infrastructure, construction, special education, and transportation. The site also addresses issues such as school choice, teacher quality, after-school projects, school violence, civic education, school-to-work, and releases from the National Center on Education Finance. As funding for school districts may be transformed by policy changes resulting from the new political climate, this site is a great way to keep up with federal- and state-related funding issues.

http://www.ncsl.org/programs/educ/edu.htm