Education Resource Strategies (ERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources—people, time, technology, and money—so that every school succeeds for every student.
How a Bold Vision and a Focus on Resources Can Drive System Improvement
In 2011, Lawrence Public Schools was the first district that Massachusetts placed into state receivership due to poor performance. By 2014, things had dramatically changed for the better. This case study explores how a bold vision and effective use of resources can lead to big improvements. More »
New York Times Op-ed mentions ERS' case study on Lawrence
This op-ed was published in The New York Times on June 17, 2015. Read the original version here. Read the Lawrence case study here. The Massachusetts public schools consistently rank at or near the top in the nation for performance on the rigorous, federally backed math and... More »
Why and How Effective Student-Based Budgeting Must be Linked with Strategic School Design
More and more districts—and several states—are adopting funding models like student-based budgeting (also called weighted student funding or fair student funding) to increase equity and promote principal autonomy. Giving school leaders new resources and new flexibility is a... More »
How a System-Strategy Return-on-Investment Approach Can Transform Education Spending in California
In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that includes a significant reinvestment in public education after years of budget cuts. The new law, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), directs more resources to students with higher needs and provides more local control and... More »
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