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Zhou, Tiffany; Molfino, Tomas; Travers, Jonathan – Education Resource Strategies, 2021
The full financial impact of COVID-19 is now unfolding for school districts, and it is a story of much more than PPE, hand sanitizer, and laptops. Looking ahead at the bigger picture, we see that the magnitude of cost pressures to come will far outweigh even the costs that districts have incurred to date. Particularly for large, urban school…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Costs
Zhou, Tiffany – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
In the wake of COVID-19, school systems face a daunting set of challenges as they plan for the 2020-2021 school year -- including meeting students' increased academic and social-emotional needs, implementing physical distancing requirements, and grappling with significant revenue loss. School systems must prepare for the 2020-2021 school year with…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Educational Finance, School Districts, Pandemics
Rosenberg, David; Trawick-Smith, Joseph; Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
The 2019 Student Opportunity Act creates a once-in-a-generation moment for Massachusetts students: the Commonwealth has committed $1.5 billion dollars over seven years to make good on the promise that best-in-the-nation education can be a reality for all Massachusetts children, especially English learners and students from low-income families. But…
Descriptors: School Districts, State Aid, Educational Finance, Educational Change
McKown, Joe; Schick, Laura; Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
In turnaround schools, traditional approaches to school improvement (and some say, even the recent seven billion dollar federal investment in school improvement) aren't enough -- but why? Schools that successfully achieve turnaround "do school" differently to break cycles of underperformance and maximize learning for all students, and…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Models
Education Resource Strategies, 2020
Because returning to in-person instruction too soon and without comprehensive health and safety measures will lead to dire risks and consequences, many districts are choosing to start off the 2020-21 school year fully remote. However, districts can still leverage this period of fully-remote time as an opportunity to proactively address the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, COVID-19, Pandemics
Education Resource Strategies, 2020
Everyone agrees that school in the fall cannot look the same as it did before the pandemic. Education leaders must organize people, time, and money to make up for learning losses, help students reconnect with schooling, support students' increased social and emotional needs, respond to physical distancing and sanitation requirements, and provide…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Models, School Districts, Administrator Role
Trawick-Smith, Joseph; Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
With the new school year now well under way, staff, students and families are still in desperate need of a clear strategic direction and set of tools for promoting equity and excellence in a moment of crisis. Nationally, we see school systems stepping up in new ways to provide this clarity, and seizing the moment afforded by these unusual…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Pandemics, COVID-19, Equal Education
Chang, Betty; Girma, Abel; Hopkins, Ben; McQueen, Daven; Katz, Jenny – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
We all want our schools to be safe, inviting and positive places for all students. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. We are grappling with a history of systemic racism and police brutality against Black Americans in our country--a national reckoning that is playing out in our schools, too. As the research base grows on the negative…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, School Safety, African American Students, Racial Bias
Rosenberg, David – Education Resource Strategies, 2020
Nearly half of the 907 public school districts tracked by Education Week opened school fully remote this year. This includes more than three-quarters of the nation's largest districts, which serve high proportions of students with the greatest learning and social-emotional needs stemming from the pandemic. Now, many district leaders are working…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Distance Education, Pandemics
Education Resource Strategies, 2020
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all states to report school-level spending data. This fall, the Department of Education released the first round of data on per-pupil expenditure as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As states continue to release new spending data, it will be possible for a variety of stakeholders to…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Katz, Nicole – Education Resource Strategies, 2019
The correlation between socioeconomic status and academic achievement does not just apply to individual students--the concentration of poverty in schools matters, too. Schools with concentrated poverty require more state funding in order to best serve their students. But it is not just about how much; to be equitable, states must spend enough…
Descriptors: State Aid, Educational Finance, Poverty, Educational Equity (Finance)
Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2019
With the hopeful prospect of new money before them and the continued pressure to stretch every dollar, school districts face a choice: do more of the same, or seize this moment of change to re-envision schooling to better meet student needs. This means thinking strategically about the resources school systems have and ensuring new funds go toward…
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Educational Finance, School Restructuring, Teacher Salaries
Chang, Betty – Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Student-Based Budgeting (SBB)--also called weighted student funding, fair student funding, student-based allocations, or student-centered funding--is a school funding system where schools receive dollars based on the number of enrolled students and their individual needs (such as English language learners, or students from high-poverty…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgeting, Resource Allocation, Educational Equity (Finance)
Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Building on more than a decade of experience working with a diverse array of school systems, our extensive collection of district data, and published research on what works best for students, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) has developed a diagnostic that can guide district leaders from assessment to strategic planning. The Strategic System…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Leaders, School Districts, Comparative Analysis
Rosenberg, David; Miles, Karen Hawley – Education Resource Strategies, 2018
Every year, school districts welcome -- and then lose -- thousands of promising new teachers. For too many, the job is overwhelming. How can we improve instruction and reduce teacher turnover -- especially with limited resources, in our highest-needs schools? In the "Growing Great Teachers" report, we use research-based "impact…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Prevention
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