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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Officials: Analysis Underscores Philadelphia Schools' Need for Funding

    ERS' Philadelphia work cited in The Philadelphia Inquirer

    In the face of steep revenue cuts, the city school system is now spending less to educate each student than it has since 2008, and benefits are costing it nearly $8,000 more per teacher than they did three years ago. More »

  • Cleveland: Budgeting for Equity AND Achievement

    May 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 April issue announces our new publication, Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door. This... More »

  • Education Daily: ELT Advocates Want More Funding Flexibility

    On April 21, 2015, Karen Hawley Miles and Nisha Garg shared findings from ERS' new report on funding Expanded Learning Time sustainably. Education Daily covered the issue and the report. More »

  • State Takeover Gives Mass. District a Fresh Start

    This article was published online at Education Week on May 6, 2015, as "State Takeover Gives Mass. Districts a Fresh Start"   Lawrence, Mass. Principal Colleen M. Lennon proudly watched over some of her young charges at the Emily G. Wetherbee School on a recent afternoon in this... More »