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.
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 »
A School System 20/20 Series of Briefs
These short papers highlight common opportunities school systems have to yield big results for students by adjusting their current resource use. It is based on ERS' 10 years of close partnership with district leaders across the country and our extensive comparative database More »
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 »
Improving urban education is immensely complicated. We believe that we cannot fix the problem one-school-at-a-time. Instead, we need to change school systems so that schools succeed within and because of the system - not in spite of it. More »
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