• Georgia's Education Reform Commission Gears Up to Study People, Time, and Money

    In his January 2015 State of the State Address, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced his intention to "take a comprehensive look at how we can make K-12 education more accessible and more effective" over the next few years. The first step? Establishing an Education Reform Commission, made... More »

  • Why Annual State Testing Matters

    Education Week Commentary by Karen Hawley Miles

    ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles explains why we should keep annual statewide testing in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondard Education Act (ESEA). This Commentary was originally published to Education Week online on February 17, and was published in print on February... More »

  • Report Highlights Features of Districts' Differentiated-Pay Systems

    ERS report cited in the EdWeek blog Teacher Beat

    An interesting report issued Feb. 17 by the Center for American Progress outlines the differing features of ten districts that have restructured their entire teacher-compensation systems. The districts in question are Baltimore, Denver, Douglas County, Colo., Harrison... More »

  • Committee Reviews NHPS Funding Equity

    ERS' work in New Haven mentioned in the Yale Daily News

    This article originally appeared on Yale Daily News website. View that version here. Amid statewide talk of tightening funds following Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget proposal last month, the Operations and Finance Committee of the New Haven Public Schools’ Board of Education... More »

  • Cleveland Principals Applaud Student Based Budgeting

    ERS' work in Cleveland mentioned in local ABC story

    The following excerpt is from the news segment that aired on NewsNet 5 in Cleveland. See the video here. Many Cleveland schools will have fewer dollars next year, but principals will be able to spend those dollars where they are most needed. It's called student based budgeting and this... More »

  • Teacher Compensation Redesign Lessons from 10 Districts

    February 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. Our February issue focuses on our new paper, "Do More, Add More, Earn More," which shows how 10 districts revamped their... More »

  • Metro Schools' Budget Shift Gives Principals More Authority

    ERS mentioned in The Tennessean

    A big complaint among educators over the years has been the inability to handle budgetary decisions despite taking the brunt of the criticism for a school's failures. More »

  • New Report Provides Lessons for Districts to Redesign Teacher Compensation Systems to Advance Student Performance

    ERS co-releases a new paper with the Center for American Progress

    Across the country, a diverse set of districts are pioneering innovative approaches to teacher compensation that reward their best teachers and raise teacher compensation overall. A new report from the Center for American Progress and Educational Resource Strategies, or ERS, looks at 10... More »

  • How to Change Inflexible Teacher Pay Systems

    ERS mentioned in National Journal

    This blog originally appeared on the National Journal website. View that version here. Try this on for a management challenge. Your annual operating budget hasn't seen an increase in years and likely won't for a while. Your customer base is unpredictable at best and decreasing at worst. And... More »

  • Building Professional Development for Teachers

    New ERS video illustrates the professional growth process at one Boston school

    Kate Carpenter Bernier is the leader of ERS’ School Design Practice Area and was the founding principal of Match Community Day Charter Public School in Boston. Did you know that it takes a minimum of 14 hours for a teacher to learn a new practice or skill? This doesn’t surprise... More »