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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

2019-09-16T20:22:25+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 Wisely2019-09-16T20:22:25+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

New Education Department guidance on supplement-not-supplant: Sorry not sorry

2019-05-28T15:55:56+00:00

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

New Education Department guidance on supplement-not-supplant: Sorry not sorry2019-05-28T15:55:56+00:00

Dear districts: These are the glory days. Are you ready for tomorrow’s financial pain?

2019-06-14T23:57:49+00:00

Just like the years leading up to 2008, the last few years have yielded stronger growth in funds for schooling. And just like in 2008, there are signs of troubleahead. While we can’t predict how an economic downturn will affect every district, we can anticipate some big-picture trends, and in doing so potentially help insulate school systems from needless

Dear districts: These are the glory days. Are you ready for tomorrow’s financial pain?2019-06-14T23:57:49+00:00

Equipping School Leaders to Spend Wisely

2019-05-24T11:37:11+00:00

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.

Equipping School Leaders to Spend Wisely2019-05-24T11:37:11+00:00

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

Are public universities neglecting in-state students?

2019-04-03T15:43:14+00:00

Marguerite Roza April - 2016 Marguerite Roza participated in an online conversation "Room for Debate" hosted by NY Times. Read her response titled "Public Universities Must Not Solve Budget Gaps by Limiting Access to In-State students." Read More

Are public universities neglecting in-state students?2019-04-03T15:43:14+00:00

How the teacher pay raise formula could worsen Seattle’s inequity

2019-04-09T12:27:18+00:00

Marguerite Roza September 2015 In this oped Marguerite Roza describes one critical issue underlying the fall 2015 Seattle Public Schools teachers' strike that neither the Seattle School District nor the Seattle Education Association, the teachers’ union, took on: the built-in inequities across schools created by the district’s outdated, traditional pay scale. Read More

How the teacher pay raise formula could worsen Seattle’s inequity2019-04-09T12:27:18+00:00

Teachers’ Pensions and the Overgrazed Commons

2019-07-01T20:45:03+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Michael Podgursky March 26, 2015 On March 26, 2015 Governing published this commentary by Marguerite Roza and Michael Podgursky on how big raises to teachers nearing retirement is a recipe for letting pension debt get out of control. Read More

Teachers’ Pensions and the Overgrazed Commons2019-07-01T20:45:03+00:00

Is spending more on education the best way to improve schools and teaching?

2019-04-09T12:43:58+00:00

Marguerite Roza April 2018 Is spending more on education the best way to improve schools and teaching? Marguerite Roza participated in an online conversation "Room for Debate" hosted by NY Times. Read her response to the question ~ Is spending more on education the best way to improve schools and teaching? (Basically, does more money mean better

Is spending more on education the best way to improve schools and teaching?2019-04-09T12:43:58+00:00

Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

2019-04-10T21:22:06+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Jim Simpkins December 2014 In this OpEd Marguerite Roza and Jim Simpkins suggest Seattle Public Schools consider allocation policies similar to many large urban districts that give schools control over how they use district funds to educate their school community. Read More

Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?2019-04-10T21:22:06+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