Last week, the U.S. Department of Education opened the Weighted Student Funding Pilot from ESSA. It will allow up to 50 districts to participate initially, with the potential for expansion. Under this pilot, participating districts can combine federal, state, and local dollars into a single funding stream tied to individual students. This pilot is widely seen to be a way for the Department to promote school choice programs (find more on that here). Applications will open next week and are due on March 12 to be implemented in the 2019-20 school year.