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A Way to Get School Finances Back Under Control

2019-06-28T17:58:28+00:00

Amid demands on school districts for increased spending, a troubling trend is emerging: School district leaders are approving budgets and signing labor deals they can't afford. It's a dangerous and disruptive cycle that throws these districts into financial turmoil, produces layoffs that hurt students as well as teachers, and can leave states and taxpayers on the hook for...

A Way to Get School Finances Back Under Control2019-06-28T17:58:28+00:00

Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely

2019-06-28T17:39:33+00:00

Raise the topic of education finance and most jump to the revenue side of the equation: Is there enough money? Are districts funded equitably? But the spending side is equally important and is about to get much more attention, thanks to a provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act that will make school-level spending data public. District...

Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely2019-06-28T17:39:33+00:00

Understanding school finance is one thing. Being effective in communicating about it is another skill entirely

2019-06-15T00:16:24+00:00

Recent research reveals a lot about what those in schools and the broader public know about school finance, and what they don’t. It’s very clear that there are some important knowledge gaps about how schools are funded—and that many people are hungry to engage with the issue more fully. There is also a clear need for...

Understanding school finance is one thing. Being effective in communicating about it is another skill entirely2019-06-15T00:16:24+00:00

L.A. District Is Asking for a $500 Million Parcel Tax. In Return, Let the Schools Decide How to Spend Their New Funds

2019-06-14T23:36:02+00:00

As LAUSD asks local voters to approve a $500 million annual parcel tax, some groups are asking for financial reform in return. Trust in the district’s financial leadership is low, school performance is lagging, and the district is bleeding cash to cover commitments made in years past. As Marguerite Roza and Anthony Drew note in this commentary, many of the...

L.A. District Is Asking for a $500 Million Parcel Tax. In Return, Let the Schools Decide How to Spend Their New Funds2019-06-14T23:36:02+00:00

Weighted Student Funding Is On The Rise. Here’s What We Are Learning

2019-06-15T00:01:09+00:00

Over the last two decades, dozens of big districts (including those in New York City, Boston, Denver, Houston, and Chicago) have shifted to using a weighted student formula to distribute some portion of their total budget. In this blog, Marguerite Roza discusses initial findings from Edunomics Lab’s ongoing IES-funded research study that seeks to document the range of...

Weighted Student Funding Is On The Rise. Here’s What We Are Learning2019-06-15T00:01:09+00:00

DeVos Proposed $50 Million for Districts to Decentralize Federal Money, to Put Schools in the Driver’s Seat. It’s a Smart Idea

2019-06-15T00:06:09+00:00

The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed 2020 budget included a largely overlooked provision that could bring more autonomy to schools in how they deploy federal dollars. In this commentary, Marguerite Roza urges legislators to consider the pilot program to give school leaders and staff a say in how federal resources are used in their schools—and a chance to...

DeVos Proposed $50 Million for Districts to Decentralize Federal Money, to Put Schools in the Driver’s Seat. It’s a Smart Idea2019-06-15T00:06:09+00:00