Wide funding differences across schools, with unplanned and inconsistent school sizes, program offerings, and locations.
School funding is equitable, flexible, and transparent; and the portfolio of schools reflects student and community need, equity of access, and cost.
System leaders can redesign strategic funding systems to be equitable, flexible, and transparent. Equitable funding systems differentiate funding according to student need, while also ensuring a base from which students in all schools can thrive. Flexible funding systems ensure that resource use is driven by the unique needs and instructional vision of each school, not rigid funding requirements. Transparent systems allow everyone to understand the choices made, building trust and enabling strategic planning.
At the same time, system leaders can create dynamic school portfolios that adjust the sizes, grade-spans, program offerings, and even governance structures of their schools to reflect student and community need and ensure equitable access across students and geography, all informed by cost considerations.
See how U-46 School District in Illinois faced a budget deficit of $45 million and worked with the school board and the community to make strategic budget cuts—with students as their priority.
A 10-minute self-assessment tool that helps district leaders and others identify which of your strategies are likely to lead to student success—and where there are opportunities to improve.
A working paper that explores the many dimensions of resource equity that support academic excellence.
Read our Cleveland case study and learn why, and how, effective student-based budgeting must be linked with Strategic School Design.
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