The New Education CFO

From Scorekeeper to Strategic Leader

Don Hovey, Ulrich Boser, June 2014

In recent years, school districts have found themselves in turbulent waters. They face quickly rising academic standards, a greater focus on teacher effectiveness, rapidly changing technology, and the more complex task of preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century. Given the needs of school systems today, districts cannot sustain their current approach. There is a need for a new brand of education CFO, one who watches dollars and offers high-level strategic expertise.

This report by ERS and the Center for American Progress, presents research findings and survey responses, and offers recommendations on how best to develop the next generation of strategic CFOs.

The New Education CFO (PDF)