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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
Molfino, Tomas; Hitchcock, Courtney; Travers, Jonathan – Education Resource Strategies, 2021
Childrens' learning has been massively disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the need for more opportunities for differentiated, high-quality learning, stronger relationships with the adults in their school, and streamlined access to social-emotional support -- especially for the country's lowest-income students, Black and Latinx students,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid
Education Resource Strategies, 2021
As students and educators conclude a school year like no other, district leaders are looking ahead to 2021-2022. Planning has already been underway for months, and now, with an infusion of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding, district leaders are faced with key decisions about how to invest those funds strategically.…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
Education Resource Strategies, 2021
Districts across the country are planning how to invest huge influxes of one-time ESSER funds -- targeting funds toward meeting urgent academic and social-emotional recovery needs, as well as redesigning better, more equitable approaches to teaching and learning. But short-term investments are often not enough to generate meaningful long-term…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, COVID-19, Pandemics
Rosenberg, David; Anderson, Tara – Education Resource Strategies, 2021
Before COVID, the shortage of qualified, skilled teachers was among the top challenges facing education leaders. And with the stress of the pandemic, survey data showed that almost half of the public school teachers who left the profession since March 2020 cite COVID-19 as the main reason. As school systems ramp up hiring for next fall, concrete…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, COVID-19, Pandemics, Public School Teachers
Education Resource Strategies, 2021
In most K-12 school districts across the country, the beginning of the 2021-22 school year has been different from what school and district leaders expected and were planning for. Many spent the spring and summer sowing the seeds of their ESSER plans, allocating federal investments to high-impact strategies designed to bear fruit for years to…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, COVID-19, Pandemics
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
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
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