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Syracuse City School District

District Partner 2010-2011

ERS partnered with the Say Yes to Education Foundation to examine current resource use in Syracuse City School District and identify ways the district can reallocate funds to support the its priorities.

“Syracuse provides powerful examples for how a community can collaborate to make the tough trade-offs these tough times require.”
-Stephen Frank, Partner, Education Resource Strategies

District Facts

Students: 20,000

Work Focus


  • Resource Mapping: Complete a resource map to understand how the district is using its people, time, and money, and provide a benchmark comparisons to similar districts (including districts within New York State).

  • Funding: Review Say Yes to Education spending components to test budget assumptions and consider alternative ways of providing services by leveraging existing spending and resources.


Findings and Outcomes

The Say Yes to Education Foundation is supporting ERS work in Syracuse. Say Yes is a national, non-profit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation’s inner-city youth. Say Yes focuses on providing services to at-risk students and their families that address the key obstacles that have historically prevented students from reaching their highest potential. These services include academic, health, financial, and social programming. Part of ERS’ work will help the district identify opportunities to reallocate resources to sustainably support the Say Yes program.

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