Many are underprepared for the big job of allocating education dollars
State leaders too often overlook a common practice that inhibits both efficiency and productivity: funding students who do not actually attend school in funded districts.
Following the dollars into the classroom
In Texas, differences are larger within districts than between
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 trouble ahead.
ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.
Completion-based funding policies could be an easy sell to state lawmakers, but they’re a short-sighted, and ultimately self-defeating, approach.
A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.
How is a school system supposed to improve productivity when so much of what matters can’t be centrally managed and scaled across schools?
Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.
When it comes to the effectiveness of their staffs, the alignment of their activities, their focus, and their culture, charter leaders innovate. When it comes to their finances, however, they don’t.