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New Learning Loss Calculator Estimates COVID Slide, Costs of Catching Kids Up, in 8,000 School Districts

2022-06-28T21:29:20+00:00

The Edunomics Lab team used the results from new research to build a calculator tool that estimates lost learning time in more than 8,000 school districts and what it will cost to get students back on track. In this commentary published by The 74, the authors urge district leaders to take stock of where their students are, and invest federal relief dollars now in ways that work for students.


New Learning Loss Calculator Estimates COVID Slide, Costs of Catching Kids Up, in 8,000 School Districts2022-06-28T21:29:20+00:00

Opinion: The N.Y. Legislature’s big class size mistake

2022-06-15T22:59:00+00:00

In this New York Daily News op ed, Chad Aldeman argues that across-the-board class size caps in New York City may not benefit all students and will limit other spending that might be more effective, for example on extracurriculars or counselors or higher salaries for teachers.


Opinion: The N.Y. Legislature’s big class size mistake2022-06-15T22:59:00+00:00

What Are Districts Using Their Federal Relief Money for? How Fast Are They Spending It? How Much Is Left? New Interactive Database Has Answers

2022-06-28T21:16:00+00:00

Because Congress directed federal relief funds to flow through states, districts file for reimbursement as the funds go out the door. In an analysis published by The 74, the Edunomics Lab team shares early results of tracking the actual spending data, district by district.


What Are Districts Using Their Federal Relief Money for? How Fast Are They Spending It? How Much Is Left? New Interactive Database Has Answers2022-06-28T21:16:00+00:00

Inflation Will Put Districts in a Pickle

2022-04-25T19:08:44+00:00

With contract negotiations pending and federal relief funds complicating the labor market, how can school districts respond to rising inflation pressures? In this Education Next commentary, Marguerite Roza suggests options to help mitigate long-term fiscal impacts.


Inflation Will Put Districts in a Pickle2022-04-25T19:08:44+00:00

Responding to a Tight Teacher Labor Market

2022-04-18T20:12:21+00:00

In this article in School Business Affairs Magazine, the authors outline the types of innovative compensation strategies some districts are using to attract and retain talent in response to a tight labor market.


Responding to a Tight Teacher Labor Market2022-04-18T20:12:21+00:00

Opinion: Pause HISD’s plan to centralize school funding

2022-07-05T20:52:03+00:00

In this Houston Chronicle op ed, Jessica Swanson and Marguerite Roza urge the Houston school board to take the time to ensure a full public vetting of the superintendent's proposal to centralize school funding.


Opinion: Pause HISD’s plan to centralize school funding2022-07-05T20:52:03+00:00

A year ago, school districts got a windfall of pandemic aid. How’s that going?

2022-04-01T23:29:58+00:00

In this Brookings Chalkboard blog, Marguerite Roza and Katherine Silberstein look at the magnitude of federal relief fund spending and conclude that districts need to up the pace at which money goes out the door each month.


A year ago, school districts got a windfall of pandemic aid. How’s that going?2022-04-01T23:29:58+00:00

Talking about ESSER: Ways to Build Community Trust and Keep the Focus on Results for Students

2022-02-22T23:01:59+00:00

Laura Anderson and Marguerite Roza map six ways district leaders can communicate about and help make the most of their ESSER investments.


Talking about ESSER: Ways to Build Community Trust and Keep the Focus on Results for Students2022-02-22T23:01:59+00:00

Marguerite Roza discusses how school districts should use federal COVID-19 relief funds to improve student outcomes

2022-04-25T19:12:19+00:00

In an interview with Jude Schwalbach at Reason Foundation, Marguerite Roza urges leaders to stay laser-focused on the federal relief funds’ true purpose: ameliorating learning loss and getting kids back on track.


Marguerite Roza discusses how school districts should use federal COVID-19 relief funds to improve student outcomes2022-04-25T19:12:19+00:00

Punishment for Making Hard Choices in a Crisis: Federal Prison

2022-02-09T00:22:17+00:00

In this Education Next commentary, Marguerite Roza explains why every education leader should care about what happened to Julia Keleher.


Punishment for Making Hard Choices in a Crisis: Federal Prison2022-02-09T00:22:17+00:00

Setting Student Progress as a North Star Would Be a Game Changer

2022-02-09T00:02:39+00:00

Shifting the focus from what districts are purchasing with ESSER funds to what progress students are making would be a game changer, writes Marguerite Roza in The 74.


Setting Student Progress as a North Star Would Be a Game Changer2022-02-09T00:02:39+00:00

There Is No ‘Big Quit’ in K-12 Education. But Schools Have Specific Labor Challenges That Need Targeted Solutions

2022-01-24T23:14:04+00:00

There is no 'Big Quit' in K-12 education. But schools have specific labor challenges that need targeted solutions, writes Chad Aldeman in The 74.


There Is No ‘Big Quit’ in K-12 Education. But Schools Have Specific Labor Challenges That Need Targeted Solutions2022-01-24T23:14:04+00:00

Focus On Student Outcomes, Not How Federal Funds Are Spent

2022-01-24T23:06:21+00:00

Congress attached few strings to federal relief funds and will have to trust school districts to spend the money wisely. Chad Aldeman writes in Forbes that the Feds could now help clarify what the money was for by focusing on the student outcomes that matter most.


Focus On Student Outcomes, Not How Federal Funds Are Spent2022-01-24T23:06:21+00:00

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spending COVID-Relief Funds

2021-12-09T23:37:50+00:00

With $190 billion in federal relief funds going to schools, Marguerite Roza shares likely spending mistakes districts will make and some prescriptions for how to prevent them.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Spending COVID-Relief Funds2021-12-09T23:37:50+00:00

An Idea For This Moment: Districts Can Pay Families To Help Get Students And Schools Back On Track

2022-08-08T20:43:31+00:00

Sharing a portion of federal relief funds with families offers school districts a chance to re-engage students and parents and sends a message that they are valued partners in solving problems that directly affect them, writes Marguerite Roza in Forbes.


An Idea For This Moment: Districts Can Pay Families To Help Get Students And Schools Back On Track2022-08-08T20:43:31+00:00

The scarcity mindset that plagues education news

2021-11-19T23:50:58+00:00

Education finance is a messy topic for journalists, and this last year has made it especially hard to neatly summarize the issues. Chad Aldeman cautions that reporters who focus exclusively on questions of scarcity may perpetuate a false narrative and miss the biggest education finance story of the last decade: How are district leaders spending their new financial windfalls, and what effect is it having on students?


The scarcity mindset that plagues education news2021-11-19T23:50:58+00:00

Decrease in Student Enrollment: Forcing Tough Decisions

2021-12-03T19:08:53+00:00

While the infusion of federal relief aid has temporarily protected most school districts from the fiscal impact of enrollment losses, this article in School Business Affairs magazine highlights why it's important to proactively plan now for how to maintain services once those supplemental funds are gone.


Decrease in Student Enrollment: Forcing Tough Decisions2021-12-03T19:08:53+00:00

Existing Federal Provisions Can – If Given Appropriate Attention – Advance Within-District Financial Equity

2022-08-02T21:04:16+00:00

Four existing federal provisions have potential, if made a priority, to work together to foster within-district financial equity, write Marguerite Roza and Hannah Jarmolowski.


Existing Federal Provisions Can – If Given Appropriate Attention – Advance Within-District Financial Equity2022-08-02T21:04:16+00:00

From Paying Parents to Transport Their Kids to School to Calling Out the National Guard — Innovating in the Face of a Bus Driver Shortage

2021-11-03T20:10:18+00:00

How districts react to unusual labor challenges like the bus driver shortage may tell us whether they can adapt to meet the moment and which, if any, will consider adopting innovations common in industries outside of education.


From Paying Parents to Transport Their Kids to School to Calling Out the National Guard — Innovating in the Face of a Bus Driver Shortage2021-11-03T20:10:18+00:00

Districts Like San Diego Could Be Locking Themselves Into Painful Cuts Down the Road

2021-11-03T20:11:05+00:00

Rather than making long-term commitments that can lead to financial stress down the road, Chad Aldeman suggests there are other ways for districts to both raise pay and build capacity.


Districts Like San Diego Could Be Locking Themselves Into Painful Cuts Down the Road2021-11-03T20:11:05+00:00

5 Ways Principals Can Make Federal Relief Money Matter More For Their Students

2022-02-22T23:05:36+00:00

Marguerite Roza and Laura Anderson map five ways principals can help make the most of the American Rescue Plan dollars, in a blog published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.


5 Ways Principals Can Make Federal Relief Money Matter More For Their Students2022-02-22T23:05:36+00:00

Will the American Rescue Plan’s ‘Meaningful Consultation’ Requirement Usher in Community Participation in School Budgets?

2021-07-26T20:22:40+00:00

In Forbes, Marguerite Roza writes that the federal requirement for “meaningful consultation” on the use of ARP funds sounds like a call for participatory budgeting, and wonders whether it could prompt a new level of civic engagement in school spending.


Will the American Rescue Plan’s ‘Meaningful Consultation’ Requirement Usher in Community Participation in School Budgets?2021-07-26T20:22:40+00:00

Congress Provided Billions To Schools. Will Districts Spend It Creatively?

2021-07-21T18:30:39+00:00

In this Forbes commentary, Chad Aldeman explains how the American Recovery Plan differs from past federal relief efforts for schools, and what that means for state and district leaders looking to make these one-time dollars count.


Congress Provided Billions To Schools. Will Districts Spend It Creatively?2021-07-21T18:30:39+00:00

Smart ways to cover the coming ‘year of ed finance’

2021-06-28T20:54:52+00:00

Marguerite Roza offers six tips for reporters on covering how school districts choose to spend $122 billion in flexible American Rescue Plan funds, the biggest onetime federal payout to schools ever.


Smart ways to cover the coming ‘year of ed finance’2021-06-28T20:54:52+00:00

Let Schools, Not District Offices, Decide How to Spend Some Federal Aid

2021-09-10T18:39:32+00:00

In this Education Next commentary, Marguerite Roza and Jessica Swanson suggest that districts give a portion of federal relief dollars directly to schools to decide how best to spend on behalf of their students.


Let Schools, Not District Offices, Decide How to Spend Some Federal Aid2021-09-10T18:39:32+00:00

Teacher Dissatisfaction May Be High, But So Are Retention Rates

2021-06-11T22:09:35+00:00

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.


Teacher Dissatisfaction May Be High, But So Are Retention Rates2021-06-11T22:09:35+00:00

Billions of Federal Funds Are Coming to Schools. How Should They Spend Them?

2021-05-25T20:58:55+00:00

Adding staff has been the main “big bet” in public education for decades. With new federal relief aid heading to schools, will district leaders meet the moment with new and different ideas for what students need now?


Billions of Federal Funds Are Coming to Schools. How Should They Spend Them?2021-05-25T20:58:55+00:00

By Paying Stipends to Schools’ Teaching Staff, Districts Can Add Learning Time Without Breaking the Bank

2021-05-03T21:57:08+00:00

In this commentary at The 74, Chad Aldeman shows how offering current teachers stipends to take on more hours could provide students with additional learning time without locking districts into long-term financial obligations.


By Paying Stipends to Schools’ Teaching Staff, Districts Can Add Learning Time Without Breaking the Bank2021-05-03T21:57:08+00:00

With federal relief dollars on the way, districts face big decisions

2021-04-13T00:21:17+00:00

In this Education Next commentary, Marguerite Roza and Chad Aldeman suggest that it's a good time for leaders to employ the classic "would you rather" test to help explore spending tradeoffs and think through the cost and value of competing investments. 


With federal relief dollars on the way, districts face big decisions2021-04-13T00:21:17+00:00

A way to ease student loan debt without sticking taxpayers with the bill: How about a trade?

2021-03-22T18:45:24+00:00

In this Forbes commentary, Marguerite Roza proposes a way for the federal government to provide student debt relief while putting SS/Medicare back on a financially sustainable path.


A way to ease student loan debt without sticking taxpayers with the bill: How about a trade?2021-03-22T18:45:24+00:00

Remote or in Person? Underspending or Running Deficits? What School Reopening Decisions Mean for District Budgets

2021-03-22T22:04:48+00:00

An Edunomics Lab analysis finds that while many districts are struggling financially, those that have remained mostly or entirely virtual have actually been able to save money. Some are even on pace to run surpluses this year.


Remote or in Person? Underspending or Running Deficits? What School Reopening Decisions Mean for District Budgets2021-03-22T22:04:48+00:00

During the pandemic, lost education jobs aren’t what they seem

2021-03-02T21:50:15+00:00

In this Brookings Chalkboard blog, Chad Aldeman digs into BLS data to find that recent public education job losses stem from a slowdown in hiring, not layoffs or a surge in worker turnover.


During the pandemic, lost education jobs aren’t what they seem2021-03-02T21:50:15+00:00

Lessons from Spanish Flu — Babies Born in 1919 Had Worse Educational, Life Outcomes Than Those Born Just Before or After. Could That Happen With COVID-19?

2021-03-22T22:55:57+00:00

Chad Aldeman shares an analysis of the life trajectories of babies born during the Spanish Flu, and possible implications for the economic impacts of COVID-19.


Lessons from Spanish Flu — Babies Born in 1919 Had Worse Educational, Life Outcomes Than Those Born Just Before or After. Could That Happen With COVID-19?2021-03-22T22:55:57+00:00

Financial Leadership: Meeting This Moment

2020-12-09T20:41:31+00:00

This article in School Business Affairs magazine illuminates the critical need to develop district leaders' strategic finance skills.


Financial Leadership: Meeting This Moment2020-12-09T20:41:31+00:00

How Federal Education Aid Can Tackle The K-Shaped Learning Recovery: Let’s start with $3000 Per Disengaged Student.

2020-12-07T23:45:24+00:00

In this op-ed, Marguerite Roza proposes a separate, flexible sum targeted at helping students for whom pandemic schooling isn't working.


How Federal Education Aid Can Tackle The K-Shaped Learning Recovery: Let’s start with $3000 Per Disengaged Student.2020-12-07T23:45:24+00:00

ED Surprises SEAs with New Data Release

2020-11-07T00:47:38+00:00

In this blog, Marguerite Roza discusses efforts to make new school-by-school spending data easier to find, interpret, and use.


ED Surprises SEAs with New Data Release2020-11-07T00:47:38+00:00

When it Comes to School Funds, Hold-Harmless Provisions Aren’t “Harmless”

2020-11-24T01:05:13+00:00

In this Education Next article, Marguerite Roza and Hannah Jarmolowski share how state leaders can address budget shortfalls without making disproportionate cuts to high-poverty districts.


When it Comes to School Funds, Hold-Harmless Provisions Aren’t “Harmless”2020-11-24T01:05:13+00:00

Straight Talk In Financially Uncertain Times: How District Leaders Can Communicate About The Messy Financial Landscape Coming Their Way

2022-01-24T21:23:40+00:00

In this guest blog post, Laura Anderson and Marguerite Roza share how district leaders can best communicate financial decisions to their staff and communities in order to build trust.


Straight Talk In Financially Uncertain Times: How District Leaders Can Communicate About The Messy Financial Landscape Coming Their Way2022-01-24T21:23:40+00:00

How Lawmakers Can Raise Teacher Pay Without Decimating Pension Funds

2020-12-02T19:49:35+00:00

In this op-ed, Marguerite Roza analyzes how making any near-term teacher raises non-pensionable could impact state governments and K-12 teachers and students.


How Lawmakers Can Raise Teacher Pay Without Decimating Pension Funds2020-12-02T19:49:35+00:00

Waiting for Congress to Bail Out Schools Is a Risky Game of Chicken. Time for Districts to Come Up With Plan B — and for States to Help

2020-08-03T20:22:19+00:00

In this commentary published by The 74, Marguerite Roza worries that a $200 billion ask for a federal bailout for schools seems to be an incomplete strategy, and argues that districts need to work now on the cost side of the equation as well.


Waiting for Congress to Bail Out Schools Is a Risky Game of Chicken. Time for Districts to Come Up With Plan B — and for States to Help2020-08-03T20:22:19+00:00

A free college plan that pays for itself

2020-08-03T20:22:33+00:00

In this op ed published by The Hill, Marguerite Roza proposes a way for the federal government to pay for college without boosting federal debt or burdening taxpayers.


A free college plan that pays for itself2020-08-03T20:22:33+00:00

New Financial Data Spotlight the District Role in Distributing Dollars Across Schools

2020-08-03T20:24:15+00:00

In this Education Next article, Marguerite Roza and Laura Anderson share what we’re learning from early explorations of the data and the opportunities it provides for education leaders.


New Financial Data Spotlight the District Role in Distributing Dollars Across Schools2020-08-03T20:24:15+00:00

How the coronavirus shutdown will affect school district revenues

2020-08-03T20:24:57+00:00

In this Brookings Chalkboard blog, Marguerite Roza discusses what a larger state role in education funding means for districts during an economic downturn.


How the coronavirus shutdown will affect school district revenues2020-08-03T20:24:57+00:00

How States Can Put Students at the Center of Their School Funding Formulas

2020-08-03T20:25:21+00:00

In this Hunt Institute "Making Sense of NC School Funding" blog, Marguerite Roza provides a national perspective on how states approach school funding.


How States Can Put Students at the Center of Their School Funding Formulas2020-08-03T20:25:21+00:00

Edunomics Lab against the tide: Yes, eliminate CRDC finance elements

2020-08-03T20:26:17+00:00

When the U.S. Department of Education proposed significant changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection, we broke with many of our peer organizations to write in support of eliminating the school finance portion.


Edunomics Lab against the tide: Yes, eliminate CRDC finance elements2020-08-03T20:26:17+00:00

One Reason Millennials Might Say “OK Boomer” This Holiday Season

2020-08-03T20:27:21+00:00

Past generations racked up billions in teacher pension debt and younger generations are now expected to pay for it. This blog shows how a multi-generational discussion of that topic might play out.


One Reason Millennials Might Say “OK Boomer” This Holiday Season2020-08-03T20:27:21+00:00

Chicago Teachers Nearing Retirement Paid a Big Price in Striking

2020-08-03T20:27:40+00:00

Chicago's senior teachers got hit with a double whammy. As we discuss in this blog, for those at the top of the pay scale retiring in the next four years, the strike meant lost wages and a decrease in future pension payments.


Chicago Teachers Nearing Retirement Paid a Big Price in Striking2020-08-03T20:27:40+00:00

Chicago’s Teachers Union Agreed to Give Spending Control to Principals. Now, the Union Is Striking to Take It Away

2020-08-03T20:28:26+00:00

Chicago teacher contract negotiations stalled over who controls staffing decisions in schools. In this commentary, Marguerite Roza explains why principals should be entrusted to make the spending decisions that best serve their students.


Chicago’s Teachers Union Agreed to Give Spending Control to Principals. Now, the Union Is Striking to Take It Away2020-08-03T20:28:26+00:00

A Way to Get School Finances Back Under Control

2020-08-03T23:28:15+00:00

This commentary lays out why it may be time for states to establish agencies modeled on the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) to certify school district obligations before they take effect and push districts into financial crisis.


A Way to Get School Finances Back Under Control2020-08-03T23:28:15+00:00

Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely

2020-08-03T23:09:04+00:00

This article in Education Next shines a light on the pressing need to better support district and school leaders in their work on the spending side of the equation.


Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely2020-08-03T23:09:04+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

2020-08-03T23:04:07+00:00

In this commentary The 74, Marguerite Roza and Anthony Drew note that many of the country’s largest school districts have shifted to a decentralized funding model, allocating funds to schools based on student needs, and boosting equity and transparency in the process. They urge LAUSD leaders to follow suit.


L.A. District Is Asking for a $500 Million Parcel Tax. In Return, Let the Schools Decide How to Spend Their New Funds2020-08-03T23:04:07+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

2020-08-03T21:48:12+00:00

In this commentary in The 74, Marguerite Roza urges legislators to consider a proposed pilot program to give school leaders and staff a say in how federal resources are used in their schools


DeVos Proposed $50 Million for Districts to Decentralize Federal Money, to Put Schools in the Driver’s Seat. It’s a Smart Idea2020-08-03T21:48:12+00:00

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

2020-08-03T21:46:47+00:00

In this Brookings Chalkboard blog post, Marguerite Roza discusses new U.S. Department of Education guidance on monitoring the “supplement-not-supplant” (SNS) provision of Title I.


New Education Department guidance on supplement-not-supplant: Sorry not sorry2020-08-03T21:46:47+00:00

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

2020-04-14T00:10:31+00:00

In this blog and podcast, Marguerite Roza explains how a sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will serve up a motherlode of new school-level financial data, offering an unprecedented opportunity to be better equipped to tackle some of education’s most pressing issues.


With New Data, School Finance Is Coming Out of the Dark Ages2020-04-14T00:10:31+00:00

Are public universities neglecting in-state students?

2020-04-14T00:10:05+00:00

Marguerite Roza responds to an online “Room for Debate” conversation hosted by the New York Times, arguing that chasing after nonresident students threatens the very nature of public universities as institutions that serve the state.


Are public universities neglecting in-state students?2020-04-14T00:10:05+00:00

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

2020-03-16T22:04:10+00:00

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.


How the teacher pay raise formula could worsen Seattle’s inequity2020-03-16T22:04:10+00:00

Teachers’ Pensions and the Overgrazed Commons

2020-03-16T22:17:56+00:00

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.


Teachers’ Pensions and the Overgrazed Commons2020-03-16T22:17:56+00:00

Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

2020-03-16T23:40:52+00:00

In this op-ed, we argue that when the district decides what positions to fund in a school—rather than the school being empowered to decide based on its community priorities—it destroys goodwill and trust in the school system.


Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?2020-03-16T23:40:52+00:00