Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Schools and school districts in the U.S. and internationally have used participatory budgeting (PB) to engage students, parents, and educators in deciding which school programs and improvements to fund using a portion of the school budget.

In 2013, the first high school-based PB process in the U.S. began at Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona. In the 2016-17 school year, the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) launched the first school PB process in the U.S. to use district-wide funds, beginning with five public high schools and intended to expand across the district in future years.

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