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Did the feds just extend the ESSER deadline?

In early January 2024, the U.S. Dept. of Education sent a letter to states with the latest on the ARP ESSER extension. Here's our take on what it all means.

How legislatures can ensure school funds do more for students

K-12 funding is the biggest line item in most state budgets. Here are five policy levers that states can pull to help districts maximize the value of every dollar for students.

Who decides what to cut? Technically school boards do

School boards face tough tradeoffs as they decide what to keep and what goes away when federal relief funds dry up. Here's what we've been learning about how boards engage in making financial decisions.

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Sort By: Filters Newsletters Jan 18, 2024 Did the feds just extend the ESSER deadline? In early January 2024, the U.S. Dept. of Education sent a letter to states with the latest on the ARP ESSER extension. Here’s our take on what it all means. Newsletters Jan 09, 2024 How legislatures can ensure school funds […]

Workshops

School District Finance Workshop For most districts, financial pressures are intensifying as federal relief funds wind down, enrollments shift, and labor costs continue to rise, all against the backdrop of an economic downturn. Decisions made at this spring’s budget meetings will play a critical role in ensuring that the district’s limited funds are able to […]

Webinars

The Financial Landscape And What It Means For Public Education Edunomics Lab hosts a series of 30-minute, interactive webinars to help states and districts decide how to use federal relief dollars in ways that do the most good for students while avoiding long-term spending obligations that lead to budget pitfalls when one-time funds run out. […]

Trainings & Events

Certificate in Education Finance Certificate in Education Finance What is the Certificate in Education Finance? 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 […]

State Special Ed

How are states allocating ESSER dollars to support students with learning differences? We’re tracking how states allocated the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) and the 10% reserved for State Education Agencies (SEAs) use in CARES (ESSER I), CRRSA (ESSER II), and ARP (ESSER III). Where possible, we also included information about how the state used its […]

State Formula Decision Tree

Key decisions How to structure allocations Allocation adjustments Role of local revenues Accountability Data systems, tools & training Transitioning to a new formula Relevant Resources One of a state’s primary responsibilities is to divvy up the public funds for K-12 schooling. A set of finance policies determines how the state and local funds are apportioned—and […]

State Finance

Desired features of a State Funding System We created this decision tree to help policy makers review and design state education funding formulas. It describes the desired features of a state education funding formula and walks policymakers through key decisions and considerations around balancing efficiency, equity and trade-offs in particular contexts. Please email any questions […]

Staffing & Enrollment Trends

Graph trends for your state or district STEP 1: Use our template to enter student enrollment and staffing data for your state or district, starting with the 2013-14 school year. We encourage the use of state or district published and audited data. Alternatively, data can be found on NCES Common Core of Data. STEP 2: […]

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Sort By: Did the feds just extend the ESSER deadline? In early January 2024, the U.S. Dept. of Education sent a letter to states with the latest on the ARP ESSER extension. Here’s our take on what it all means. How legislatures can ensure school funds do more for students K-12 funding is the biggest […]

Productivity & ROI

Spending vs. Outcomes by School Interactive data displays allow users to explore resource equity, how dollars are allocated to schools, and which schools are most able to leverage their money to maximize student outcomes. Click any state to explore and filter by specific districts, school characteristics, and student demographics. Darkest blue states use FY23 fiscal […]

Newsletters

Timely insights from Edunomics Lab stay informed View More newsletters Earn Your Certificate in Ed Finance Upcoming cohort: September 24-25 in Washington, DC Learn More & Register

K-12 Financial Landscape

2024 looks to be a wild ride for ed finance School districts face tough choices as ESSER funds run out and a fiscal cliff looms. How leaders navigate financial decisions will be critical for protecting what matters most for students and ensuring district financial health post-ESSER. explore webinars on the k-12 financial outlook learn about […]

Financial Transparency

Making per-pupil expenditures down to the school level public​ The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to annually report for every public school and local educational agency the total per-pupil spending of federal, state and local money disaggregated by source of funds for the preceding fiscal year. This includes actual (not average) spending […]

ESSER Expenditure Dashboard

Looking for actual ESSER spending data district by district? This dashboard tracks CARES ESSER I, CRRSA ESSER II and ARP ESSER III expenditures that districts have submitted for reimbursement. Click a state to view the data files we’re tracking: Use the map to explore expenditures by district or to download an entire state’s data. States track […]

Ed Finance-Related Datasets

Our team has compiled a list of datasets commonly used in education research and practice focused primarily on finance-related data. This is not a comprehensive list. We have not listed all of the key features or limitations, and we encourage users to review the documentation provided by each individual source, especially when merging or comparing […]

District Special Ed

How are school districts allocating ESSER dollars to support students with learning differences? Are districts using the opportunity to strengthen systems and innovate? We’re tracking how some school districts are allocating their CRRSA (ESSER II) or ARP (ESSER III) funds to address unfinished learning for students with disabilities and other vulnerable learners. The districts included […]

District Finance

Difficult year ahead for school districts Financial decisions in the coming months will have long-term impacts on students, schools, and communities. Explore webinars on implications for bUDGETS learn about our upcoming school district finance training New & Notable Featured Research, Data, & Analysis District Finance Network This collaborative group meets monthly to explore current research […]

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