Transformation or Decline?

Using Tough Times to Create Higher-Performing Schools

Karen Hawley Miles, Kappan, October 2011

Tough times provide school districts with the opportunity to make big changes, helping alleviate the budget pressure in the short term and create a new foundation that will provide the districts with long-term success. ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles writes about strategies for restructuring, going in depth on four changes districts should consider to alleviate budget pressure while improving student performance.

Instead of doing less with less during these fiscally challenging times, school districts can seize the moment to usher in school transformation that will leave schools, families, and communities better off. Seven key strategies can be the difference between hunkering down while the fiscal storm rages on and facing a bright new day stronger than before.

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