News

  • Match Teaching Talent to Student Needs

    July issue of School System 20/20 e-news

    Our School System 20/20 e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. This issue announces the second in our series of Data Decisions Briefs, "Matching Teaching Talent to Student Need." View the... More »

  • New Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist Gets Board Approval for Taking "Community Schools" Districtwide

    ERS' Tulsa work mentioned in Tulsa World

    At her first regular school board meeting as Tulsa Public Schools superintendent, Deborah Gist secured approval for a shift in philosophy about community schools and a high-dollar consulting contract to examine how more funding and human resources could be directed to classroom instruction. More »

  • Behind the Curtain in Lawrence, MA

    July issue of School System 20/20 e-news

    Our School System 20/20 e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. The July issue announces the School System 20/20 Assessments and Metrics, a detailed set of key questions and metrics... More »

  • Schools Succeeding Because of the System, Not in Spite of It

    Guest blog on Real Clear Education

    This blog was published on the Real Clear Education website. Read the original version here. RCE Commentary In the past three years, Lawrence Public Schools has gone through some enormous changes. The Boston-area school system once ranked in the bottom 1 percent of Massachusetts... More »

  • School Districts Have Opportunity to Build Their Dream House

    Guest blog on EdSource

    Superintendent Devin Vodicka of Vista Unified School District in Southern California compared his district’s budget right after the 2008 recession to a storm-battered cabin. It had been ravaged, but it also gave the district an opportunity to rebuild better – to “dream big and think differently.” More »

  • Expanding ERS' Impact into Small Districts

    For three years, ERS and the Connecticut Council for Education Reform have worked together to conduct school system resource analyses for four low-performing districts. This was a unique project for both organizations. More »

  • Massachusetts Takes On a Failing School District

    New York Times editorial mentions ERS' case study on Lawrence

    This editorial 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 »

  • Can a Career in Business Prepare You For Leadership in Education?

    Recently, ERS' David Rosenberg was asked to kick off Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s “Social Sector Boot Camp,” a one-day gathering of young MBA students who are considering a career focused on social impact. He shared his career journey and some thoughts on how to do this work. More »

  • Report: Philly Per-Pupil Spending Below 2007 Level

    ERS' Philadelphia work cited in the Daily News

    Philadelphia's public schools are spending less per child than in 2007, partially due to rising costs for pensions and health care, according to an independent report released yesterday by the school district. More »

  • School District says Spending on Students Lowest Since '08

    ERS' Philadelphia work cited in the Metro - Philadelphia

    A new analysis from the School District of Philadelphia shows that spending on students in the district has declined to its lowest level since the 2007-2008 school year. At the same time, increases in the cost of teacher pension and benefits have risen, eating up a larger share of the district’s... More »