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With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

2019-03-23T14:32:14+00:00

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.

With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages2019-03-23T14:32:14+00:00

Productivity Improvements Paper Series

2019-04-09T11:42:28+00:00

Marguerite Roza, Jim Simpkins, Jessica Jonovski and Amanda Warco Below are links to several papers by Edunomics Lab cost modeling productivity improvements. The Real Deal on K-12 Staffing In the absence of reliable estimates of national K-12 staffing, Jim Simpkins and Marguerite Roza compile data from several national sources to determine historical K-12 staffing ratios. Their analysis

Productivity Improvements Paper Series2019-04-09T11:42:28+00:00

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education

2019-05-28T23:37:31+00:00

Marguerite Roza Fall 2015 In this article published by Education Next author Marguerite Roza discusses how school systems can improve productivity when so much of what matters -- human interactions -- can't be centrally managed and scaled across schools. This article was originally published by New York State Association of School Business Officers in The Reporter Fall

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education2019-05-28T23:37:31+00:00

The Productivity of Rural Schools

2019-07-22T23:08:49+00:00

Marguerite Roza March 2016 Remote rural districts are often more expensive and yield lower student outcomes than urban and suburban districts. Yet some rural districts generate higher-than-expected learning results without proportionately higher spending. Based on interviews with leaders in 30 rural remote districts, Marguerite Roza identifies six factors that make some districts “productivity superstars." This

The Productivity of Rural Schools2019-07-22T23:08:49+00:00

The Smart Money:  Designing a school budget to get the most for your school dollar

2019-03-27T04:02:05+00:00

Marguerite Roza March 2017 In this hands-on workshop presented at NAIS national conference in March 2017 school leaders dove into the math of school resource allocation. Dr Roza shared innovative financial strategies and how leaders could apply the concepts to their own school context. Topics included; getting a grip on rising costs; gauging value for programs and courses;

The Smart Money:  Designing a school budget to get the most for your school dollar2019-03-27T04:02:05+00:00

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education. But it does not have to be.

2019-04-09T12:18:48+00:00

Marguerite Roza Fall 2015 Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education. But it does not have to be. In this article author Marguerite Roza discusses how school systems can improve productivity when so much of what matters -- human interactions -- can't be centrally managed of scaled across schools. This article was published by

Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education. But it does not have to be.2019-04-09T12:18:48+00:00

Highly Productive Rural Districts: What is the Secret Sauce?

2019-04-08T22:11:25+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Georgia Heyward September 2015 In this paper authors Marguerite Roza and Georgia Heyward identify some common themes that makes some remote rural districts “productivity superstars” and describe steps states can take to encourage and support district productivity. This paper was published by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho. Read More

Highly Productive Rural Districts: What is the Secret Sauce?2019-04-08T22:11:25+00:00

Paying the Best Teachers More to Teach More Students

2019-04-11T03:12:43+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Amanda Warco February 2015 Research has found that the impact of an effective teacher outweighs the impacts of smaller class sizes. In this analysis authors Marguerite Roza and Amanda Warco find allowing our best teachers to teach more students in lieu of hiring additional staff could offer teachers bonuses as high as $10,357 to

Paying the Best Teachers More to Teach More Students2019-04-11T03:12:43+00:00

Webinar: Training Principals for Budgeting at the School Level

2019-04-12T02:40:11+00:00

Marguerite Roza April On April 8 Marguerite Roza hosted a webinar for district and school leaders to experience training segments used to raise capacity of principals for school level budgeting. Participants experienced a set of activities designed to help school leaders rethink the use of resources for better results with an emphasis placed on how principals can

Webinar: Training Principals for Budgeting at the School Level2019-04-12T02:40:11+00:00

Taking Off the Heat

2019-04-14T14:48:00+00:00

Marguerite Roza January 2014 On January 29, 2014 Marguerite Roza shared risks and rewards that emerge when districts “decentralize” engagement around financial decisions to the school level with Portfolio School District Network members in Houston, TX. Read More

Taking Off the Heat2019-04-14T14:48:00+00:00

The Case Against High School Sports

2019-04-17T20:10:18+00:00

Amanda Ripley October 2013 In this article published by The Atlantic author Amanda Ripley, describes the role of high school sports in the American education system, how current resource allocations favor sports over academics and consequences as American students fall behind in international rankings and draws on Marguerite Roza’s research. Read More

The Case Against High School Sports2019-04-17T20:10:18+00:00

Dollars and Sense Accountability

2019-04-17T20:16:14+00:00

Marguerite Roza July 2013 In July 2013 Marguerite Roza spoke with 23 district leaders, charter organizations and funders at the Portfolio School District Network meeting in Seattle. Using a recent analysis of Minneapolis Public Schools Marguerite discussed how districts could start to view schools in terms of costs and outcomes and using this lens to support the

Dollars and Sense Accountability2019-04-17T20:16:14+00:00

How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking

2019-04-17T22:16:22+00:00

Marguerite Roza January 2013 Marguerite Roza authored chapter three of Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century (P. McGuinn and P. Manna, eds). This book comprehensively assesses the strengths and weaknesses of what remains of the old in education governance, scrutinizes how traditional governance forms are changing, and suggests how governing arrangements might be further altered to produce

How Current Education Governance Distorts Financial Decisionmaking2019-04-17T22:16:22+00:00

Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice

2019-03-06T04:47:56+00:00

Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice This brief authored by Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg published by Center on Reinventing Public Education explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts. Read this report

Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice2019-03-06T04:47:56+00:00

Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings

2019-04-20T13:34:57+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg December 2012 Using wage and staffing data from states, authors Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg project the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model (the Rocketship lab rotation) to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and total per-student spending. This Rapid Response brief was published by the Center on

Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings2019-04-20T13:34:57+00:00

The Opportunity Cost of Smaller Classes: A State-By-State Spending Analysis

2019-04-20T13:50:21+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Monica Ouijdani December 2012 Consideration of whether smaller classes are preferable to larger ones requires some recognition of the opportunity costs involved. This brief authored by Marguerite Roza and Monica Ouijdani provides a state-by-state context by computing the dollars at stake in marginally raising the number of students per class. This paper was published

The Opportunity Cost of Smaller Classes: A State-By-State Spending Analysis2019-04-20T13:50:21+00:00

Breaking Down School Budgets: Following the Dollars into the Classroom

2019-03-06T04:48:16+00:00

Breaking Down School Budgets: Following the Dollars into the Classroom This analysis by Marguerite Roza published by Education Next in summer 2009 examines ways in which per-pupil spending in high schools varies by subject and course level, and demonstrates how isolating spending on discrete services can 1) identify the relationships between priorities, current spending, and outcomes; 2) clarify both relative

Breaking Down School Budgets: Following the Dollars into the Classroom2019-03-06T04:48:16+00:00

Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education

2019-03-06T04:48:16+00:00

Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education This paper by Marguerite Roza examines how calculating the per unit costs of what schools or districts can deliver can provide the best insight into the implications of all that spending. This paper was prepared for the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas B. Fordham Institute conference,

Now is a Great Time to Compute the Per-Unit Cost of Everything in Education2019-03-06T04:48:16+00:00

How Districts Shortchange Low-Income and Minority Students

2019-04-21T14:04:34+00:00

Marguerite Roza 2006 This article by Marguerite Roza appeared in Funding Gaps 2006, a report published by Education Trust. The full report documents how school finance policy choices at the federal, state, and district levels systematically stack the deck against students who need the most support from their schools. Dr. Roza's analysis demonstrates that, despite district bookkeeping

How Districts Shortchange Low-Income and Minority Students2019-04-21T14:04:34+00:00