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ERIC Number: ED540443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Innovating toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings. Schools in Crisis: Making Ends Meet
Simburg, Suzanne; Roza, Marguerite
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Even as new educational technologies have emerged, staffing innovations have seemed all but impossible in American schools. Charter and district schools alike long ago surrendered to the notion that education requires at least as many core teachers as is determined from dividing enrollment by class size. A few new school designs suggest that we can fundamentally alter the basic schooling model, so that a given number of students can be taught well by fewer teachers who are leveraged in new ways. The innovations come with the promise of fundamental cost redesign. Of course, any large-scale adoption of these new school designs should depend most on whether the models are effective with students. Even if they are, many states have formidable barriers to staffing innovations, including funding formulas rigidly tied to student-teacher ratios. Policymakers are unlikely to let go of some of those barriers without relevant evidence of what such reforms might mean for their states. This paper provides that evidence. Using real wage and staffing data from each state, the authors project the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model--the Rocketship lab rotation--to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and total per-student spending. Cost factors used in the analysis in Table 2 are appended. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 19 footnotes.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: California