Last year the Obama administration sent out a memorandum promoting place-based policies for the 2011 budget (see link below).  The document outlines the need for changes in current federal policies, defines what place-based means, and asks agency heads to identify specific areas where place-based strategies could be implemented.  This new referendum could produce changes in federal education dollars are spent and at the very least raises some interesting questions:

  • What, if any, would place-based policies impact the current school district system?
  • How might place-based policies impact the distribution of federal education funding?
  • How might state roles (e.g teacher certification, state standards) in public education be affected?


White House Memorandum on Place-based Policies