• Is Your Budget Designed to Accelerate Student Learning?

    ERS has updated Budget Hold’em for Districts to focus on student impact and return on investment

    Budget Hold'em has been played over 10,000 times over the past 7 years. We've updated it to include measures of student impact that allow districts to focus on which budget tradeoffs will ignite powerful student learning More »

  • Lesson Learned: Hartford Asks For Parent Voice In School Closure Talks

    ERS partnership with Hartford Public Schools highlighted in Hartford Courant

    Read the article as it originally appeared in the Hartford Courant.  Alex Campbell, a father of two children at Global Communications Academy, left a school district meeting this week with no illusions about the prickly path of school consolidation that Hartford is marching down. “The stage... More »

  • An Unbiased Tool for Linking Budgetary Decisions to Achievement

    Michigan superintendent uses Resource Check to create first strategic plan

    Read the article as it orginally appeared in School Administrator, the Schoool Superintendents Association magazine.  Three years ago, when I came on board as superintendent in Marysville, Mich., I followed a 90-day entry plan — like many incoming superintendents do at the start of their... More »

  • District Schools Don’t Always Have to Close—They Can Transform

    Companion guest blog to "Better Together" by the Center for Reinventing Public Education

    Karen Hawley Miles contributes a companion blog CRPE report More »

  • Some SCS schools receive twice as much money as others

    ERS analysis on Shelby County School funding highlights inequities and opportunities

    Read the article as it originally appeared in The Commerical Appeal. Schools within the Shelby County Schools system are funded inequitably, and with larger gaps than in similar districts, according to a report given to the Board of Education on Tuesday. Sometimes, a school receiving more... More »

  • Welcome to our 2017 New Hire Cohort!

    We recently welcomed 10 new members to the ERS family! Every year, a class of new hires spends the first two weeks at ERS in what we call New Hire Orientation, where they immerse themselves in the ERS mission, culture, and values; and they learn the analytical skills and background knowledge... More »

  • How New Superintendents Can Kick-Start Momentum

    Three outcomes superintendents can accomplish by focusing first on the next year's budget

    Read the article as it appeared on the Real Clear Education website. As the school year gets underway, there is an important group of leaders also starting a new job: school district superintendents. This year, a particularly large number of districts are welcoming new chief executives – from... More »

  • Oakland Educators Bridging Charter-Traditional School Divide to Work Toward Equity for All Students

    Opinion piece features ERS' Oakland work

    Read the article as it appeared in The 74. We all know the story: In cities across the country, school districts and the charter sector treat each other warily at best, as enemies at worst. The two sides argue over their intentions, who serves a more challenging group of students, who deserves... More »

  • Strategic Support for 'Unexpected' Schools

    Karen Hawley Miles pens letter to the editor in Education Week on importance of school systems for scaling up "unexpected" school success

    Karen Hawley Miles pens letter to the editor in Education Week on importance of school systems for scaling up "unexpected" school sucess More »

  • A Little Transparency Goes a Long Way

    August issue of Transform Now e-news

    Our Transform Now e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. This issue features an opinion piece on school funding and equity, and our School Finance Toolkit. View the August issue here, and sign up to... More »