Marin County has two dozen public school districts for 33k students (to put this in perspective, San Francisco Unified is a single school district with nearly twice as many students).
Marin’s balkanized district framework means some schools are overfunded while others are getting much less, especially those in poorer areas who need it most. There is overwhelming evidence that increased spending on education leads to better student outcomes, especially among low-income students and students of color.
What We Know
While districts might not be able to influence how much money they receive from federal and state funding sources, a large portion of their overall funding is locally controlled. In addition to the main problem of two dozen districts each receiving different amounts of funding per student, the Byzantine roadmap to understanding district budgets and financials means only experts understand where our schools receive their funding.
Use the data tabs below to learn more about how much funding each district receives.* The orange bubbles on the first tab represent state and federal public sources and the green bubbles represent locally controlled funding (both public and foundation).
*Note that federal, state and SchoolsRule county-wide school funding allocations are primarily based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA), which is the total number of days of student attendance divided by the total number of days in the regular school year. A student attending every day would equal one ADA. ADA is not the same as enrollment, which is the number of students enrolled in each school and district. Schools and districts with student populations that face barriers to attendance including access to transportation, health care, and housing stand to see decreases in per pupil funding if enrolled students are unable to attend.