A webinar exploring connections and opportunities with ESSA's financial transparency requirement, the new Supplement-not-Supplant requirement for a district “resource allocation methodology” and “resource allocation reviews” as well as what each means for states and districts.
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
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
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
Marguerite Roza and Katie Hagan April 2019 In the coming year SEAs will report (many for the first time) per school spending data. In this webinar Marguerite Roza and Katie Hagan examine school-by-school expenditures in those states where data are now available sharing how leading states are incorporating financial transparency data in school and district report cards and
In this blog post, Marguerite Roza discusses the new U.S. Department of Education guidance on monitoring the “supplement-not-supplant” (SNS) provision of Title I. SNS specifies that federal Title I funds for schools with high concentrations of poverty must be used to augment state and local funding, rather than offset it. Where the Obama Administration attempted (and failed) to require
While the revenue side of education finance gets plenty of attention (Is there enough money?), the spending side is equally important and yet gets short shrift. This is partly due to a lack of visibility into how the money is spent. But that is about to change, thanks to a new provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The financial transparency requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to report per-pupil expenditures down to the school level on state and district report cards. As states decide how to visually communicate these data, an important first step is to understand how various stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, district and school leaders, community advocates, parents, media, etc.)
Making the most of school-level per-student spending data Interstate Financial Reporting (IFR) was created by states, for states, to meet the financial data reporting requirement under ESSA—and maximize the value of their efforts. Based on a set of voluntary, minimal reporting criteria, IFR is designed to produce data that have common meaning and can be used to make
Marguerite Roza and Katherine Hagan September 2017 This paper authored by Marguerite Roza and Katherine Hagan outlines different approaches state education agencies may take when calculating per pupil expenditures weighing the benefits and considerations of each. Read More Linked resources: Developing Rhode Island's Chart of Accounts A Conversation with Donna Nester about Mississippi’s Account
This tool can help state education agencies (SEAs) meet the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) financial transparency per-pupil expenditure reporting requirement using two pre-existing federal survey tools -- the School Level Finance Survey (SLFS) and the Local Education Agency Finance Survey (also called F-33). State agencies can use this tool to combine data from those two surveys to
Marguerite Roza In this webinar hosted by AASA, Marguerite Roza provides an overview of the financial transparency requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act, highlight lessons learned from states working towards meeting the requirement, and provide a district lens for thinking about the opportunities this new data can provide. View the recorded webinar View Presentation
Reporting per-pupil expenditures at the school level will undoubtedly uncover some inequitable distribution of resources within states and districts across the country. The videos listed and linked below are part of a larger conversation about the equity element of the financial transparency at a meeting we convened in February 2017. State education agencies may find these videos helpful as
Marguerite Roza and Katherine Hagan March 2017 In this paper authors Marguerite Roza and Katherine Hagan describe their work with 22 state education agencies to identify data readiness to meet the financial transparency reporting requirement and outline the inventory processes so other states can identify their own data readiness and start to outline next steps to meet the requirement.
This document offers a set of exercises designed to help education leaders better understand the relationship between spending and student performance—and position them to use emerging data to explore opportunities for productivity in their day-to-day work improving education. The exercises are intended to make productivity data easily comprehensible. They are designed to engage education leaders and
Marguerite Roza August 4, 2017 In this post and podcast Marguerite Roza shares how a sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data. And how if we seize the unprecedented opportunity this data offers, we will be better equipped to tackle some of education’s most pressing issues.
A New Era of School Finance The McCourt School of Public Policy’s 2016 LEAD Conference, A New Era of School Finance, led by Seattle-based research center Edunomics Lab, convened leading authorities for a dialogue on the complexities of education finance in light of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The conference sessions examined how leadership roles at each
Marguerite Roza, Larry Miller (CRPE) and Suzanne Simburg May 2014 In this essay Marguerite partners with Larry Miller (CRPE) and Suzanne Simburg, to discuss how new funding and allocation models can encourage productive local decision making and how states can seize the rare opportunity many now have to redesign their funding allocation models. Read More