Displaying funding library resources 1 - 30 of 51 in total

  • School Funding Systems Resource Guide

    Equity, Transparency, Flexibility

    You’re a district leader who wants to see higher student achievement and balance your district budget—and that is getting harder. Budget cuts loom for at least another couple of years. There is pressure to use federal stimulus dollars to fill gaps and backfill longstanding programs but also to... More »

  • How Three Districts Are Confronting the "Triple Squeeze"

    School systems are caught in the “triple squeeze”: a set of challenges they inherited and that require sustained, strategic action and political will to address. Leaders in Baltimore, Boston, and Oakland are taking steps to confront the squeeze. More »

  • Widening the View

    Proposals to push California's LCFF from revolutionary to transformational

    We interview nearly 20 district and county leaders across California and make a set of proposals to ensure the Local Control Funding Formula succeeds in increasing achievement for all students More »

  • Making Dollars Work for Students

    A Webinar on How and Why to Link Student-Based Budgeting with Strategic School Design

    This webinar is based on our publication, Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door, and explores why and how to turn student-based budgeting into an academic reform strategy, not just a funding model. ERS' Jonathan Travers shared seven critical success factors that emerged from our multi-year... More »

  • Spending in Philadelphia Schools

    Summary of ERS Analysis in the School District of Philadelphia

    This PowerPoint presentation summarizes the findings from Education Resource Strategies in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). We partnered with SDP in the 2014-2015 school year to conduct an analysis of resource use. More »

  • Following the Dollars to the Classroom Door

    Why and How Effective Student-Based Budgeting Must be Linked with Strategic School Design

    More and more districts—and several states—are adopting funding models like student-based budgeting (also called weighted student funding or fair student funding) to increase equity and promote principal autonomy. Giving school leaders new resources and new flexibility is a good first step, but... More »

  • Six Opportunities to Restructure Education Resources in Georgia

    From 2012 to 2013, ERS partnered with the Georgia Department of Education to address how the state and a few districts manage their resources. These reports highlight three opportunities to reallocate resources and three ways the state can better support districts More »

  • Return on Investment in Education

    A "System-Strategy" Approach

    Recently, there has been growing interest in adapting Return on Investment thinking to education. But most ROI analysis still misses a big opportunity. Education leaders need a new approach—one we call System-Strategy ROI. More »

  • Getting to the Bottom of Where the Money Goes

    A Student-Level Analysis of Resource Allocation

    ERS has collected an extensive database of student-level data through our nearly 10 years of working closely with some of the largest urban districts in America. This includes information on teacher salaries, course schedules, and class sizes. Education researcher Rebecca Wolf analyzed data from... More »

  • Resource Check: Funding

    Assess your District Resource Choices for School Funding

    Improving your student performance starts with making sure your resource decisions are aligned with your goals for improving performance. Resource Check: Funding is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your resource choices around funding schools. Are your schools equitably... More »

  • School Equity Worksheet

    This Excel-based worksheet will help identify whether different schools get their “fair share” of district resources. District leaders can use this analysis to see if the schools that are getting more resources are the schools that should receive more resources, given their strategic... More »

  • Strategic Staffing Waterfall Tool

    This Excel-based tool will help you examine the ratio of staff to students, to determine if there are school-based positions that can be reallocated for higher priority initiatives. Download the Waterfall Tool (Excel) More »

  • Seizing the Moment for Transformation in California

    California's Local Control Funding Formula

    In 2013 California adopted a new funding formula that significantly reinvests in public education. We offer seven ideas for how districts can seize this moment of change to transform how they use people, time, and money to meet student and teacher needs. More »

  • Student-Based Budgeting Webinar

    View the Recent Webinar on Transforming School Funding

    The following is a video recording of our April 3 webinar on student-based budgeting, based off our recent publication, "Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting." More »

  • Transforming School Funding: A Guide to Implementing Student-Based Budgeting

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) allocates dollars to schools based on the number of enrolled students, where each student receives a funding "weight" based on need. In this Guide, you will find the key decisions and practical steps necessary for considering whether SBB is right for your school system. More »

  • Video Lesson: Budgeting for Equity

    "Budgeting for Equity" was a video lesson given by ERS' Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles. The lesson focuses on three things:- defining funding equity in school systems- identifying inequity- identifying ways to address that inequity   More »

  • Student-Based Budgeting Video

    Tips for School Principals on Implementing a New Funding System

    This short video was created to offer advice to principals considering implementing a student-based budgeting system, also known as weighted-student funding. More »

  • Spare Some Change: Smarter District Resource Use for Transformational Schools

    A Roadmap for Education Reform

    As a part of Pathways to Success for Milwaukee Public Schools, a project of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, the authors identify characteristics of an effective funding system in Milwaukee and beyond. More »

  • Professional Growth & Support Spending Calculator

    Quantify Your Investment in Teacher Effectiveness

    The Professional Growth & Support Spending Calculator helps quantify all current spending aimed at improving teaching effectiveness. Part I provides worksheets to analyze total investment. Part II provides a system for evaluating investments based on purpose, target group, and delivery. More »

  • School Budget Hold'em Video: Balancing Quality with Big Savings

    Create a Winning Hand of Cards that Reach your Target Budget

    Our series of School Budget Hold'em winning hands videos illustrates how to reach a target budget reduction while prioritizing different areas. This video shows one way to balance quality with savings. More »

  • School Funding Systems Analyses and Worksheets: Section 1


    The School Funding System worksheet series includes analysis sheets on the spending variation per pupil and worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure equity and transparency. These analyses can help identify your largest funding challenges and greatest... More »

  • School Funding Systems Analyses and Worksheets: Section 2


    The School Funding System worksheet series includes analysis sheets on the spending variation per pupil and worksheets with step-by-step instructions to help you calculate and measure equity and transparency. These analyses can help identify your largest funding challenges and greatest... More »

  • Freeing School Resources for Learning

    The "Missing Piece" in Making Accountability Meaningful

    Nationwide, districts and states seek to place more accountability for student performance with principals and teachers at the school level. We have found that schools implementing comprehensive school designs find they need more control of both the who and the how of resources. Research shows... More »

  • Matching Spending with Strategy

    Aligning District Spending to Support a Strategy of Comprehensive School Reform

    The national focus on creating “standards based” schools and “accountability” is pushing school districts and schools to define their goals and priorities for student learning more clearly. But no matter what school leaders and communities say is important, the way schools and districts use their... More »

  • VUE: Voices in Urban Education

    The Annenberg Institute for School Reform’s Voices in Urban Education publication, produced in partnership with ERS, grew from the ERS-convened Fair Student Funding Summit in March 2010. The summit brought together more than sixty urban education leaders from fourteen school districts that use... More »

  • Funding District Story: U-46, Elgin, Illinois

    Strategic Funding Keeps U-46 Students Front and Center

    In 2008, the U-46 School District in Illinois faced a budget deficit of $45 million. Instead of deciding to do less with limited funds, the district worked with the school board and the community to make strategic budget cuts—with students as their priority. By openly communicating and... More »

  • Fair Student Funding in Baltimore City

    A Lever for Transformation

    This full report of Baltimore Public Schools (City Schools) explores the implementation process and results of a fair student funding system. Fair Student Funding in Baltimore City (PDF) More »

  • Fair Student Funding and Other Reforms

    Baltimore’s Plan for Equity, Empowerment, Accountability and Improvement

    After examining Baltimore City Public Schools' implementation of fair student funding and accompanying reforms, ERS shares the extent to which City Schools met the objectives and summarizes key lessons learned. Fair Student Funding and Other Reforms (PDF) More »

  • Weighted Student Funding

    Why Do Districts Decide to Implement Weighted Student Funding?

    ERS has partnered with a number of districts on implementing weighted student funding (WSF), which is also known as fair student funding or student-based budgeting. This presentation serves as an introduction to this new way of school budgeting. In our experience, districts choose to implement... More »

  • Denver Public Schools: ERS Resource Mapping Summary Report

    In January 2012, ERS delivered a public presentation to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education which summarized the results and recommendations stemming from of our year-long Resource Mapping project. More »