Economic Climate2021-09-28T20:58:24+00:00


What is the financial outlook for public education?

After a year of pandemic-driven economic turmoil and budget uncertainties, new federal relief funds present an incredible moment in public education. Our team has been fielding lots of requests from states and districts about how to best spend these dollars. We’ve developed a set of five principles to help guide district decision making, and we will continue to track how spending decisions impact budgets and labor. We will also share what we’re learning in our ongoing series of 30-minute, interactive webinars.

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Wise Spending of Your Federal Relief Funds

As school districts decide how to spend their flexible federal relief funding, Marguerite Roza and Chad Aldeman offer five key questions to help ensure they make the most of it for students.

Communication Template for Principals on Use of Federal Relief Funds

Based on messaging research on how district staff, principals, teachers, and parents engage with and react to information about school finance, this template will help principals engage their community in a way that cultivates trust and helps make the most of the federal relief dollars.  

Teacher Dissatisfaction May Be High, But So Are Retention Rates

Across Washington state, public schools retained a higher percentage of teachers last year than they do in normal years. That's important information for school district leaders as they decide how to spend the windfall of federal relief funds headed their way.

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Financial and resource allocation issues influence all aspects of U.S. public education policy yet are often not fully understood. This one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) equips participants with the practical skills they need in strategic fiscal management, finance policy analysis, and financial leadership to deploy resources in ways that do the most for students.

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