Published Articles & Media
Dear Districts: These Are the Glory Days. Are You Ready for Tomorrow’s Financial Pain?
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.
Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity In Weighted Student Funding Pilot
ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.
The Challenge of Paying for a New Kind of Learning
Completion-based funding policies could be an easy sell to state lawmakers, but they’re a short-sighted, and ultimately self-defeating, approach.
With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages
A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.
Productivity is sometimes seen as a dirty word in education. But it doesn’t have to be.
How is a school system supposed to improve productivity when so much of what matters can’t be centrally managed and scaled across schools?
What Should States Do About School Districts In Financial Trouble?
Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.
Funding Phantom Students
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.
Breaking Down School Budgets
Following the dollars into the classroom
Do Districts Fund Schools Fairly?
In Texas, differences are larger within districts than between
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