Education Resource Strategies

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.

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  • Back from the Brink: A Case Study of Lawrence Public Schools

    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 »

  • Massachusetts Takes On a Failing School District

    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 »

  • Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door

    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 »

  • Fulfilling the Promise of LCFF

    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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