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Creed, Benjamin M.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)


This dissertation comprises an examination of how school districts have allocated the resources they received as a result of the Illinois Evidenced-Based Funding (EBF) for Student Success law. The law was passed in 2017 with the rationale of providing additional resources to school districts based on evidenced-based approaches, with the vast majority of the funds to be allocated to districts in financial need. A brief history of school funding is extrapolated from the literature. An overview of the law and the resources that it brought to districts is then provided, followed by an analysis of how those resources were spent. It was found that, overall, the resources were allocated in ways consistent with the rationale for the law. This study will assist practitioners and legislators in Illinois to evaluate the effectiveness of the law and in other states, who may consider implementing similar legislation.


97 pages




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