That’s the argument that ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles made when she moderated a panel in Chicago at the 2014 Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network Summit. The conference draws education advocates from across the country to learn from each other and from policy groups and reform support organizations such as ERS.
Miles shared the stage for the panel, titled “Using the Budget Process to Advance Transformation,” with Clara Keith, the associate superintendent for Race to the Top at the Georgia Department of Education; Sarah Lillis, director of the EdVoice Institute in California; and Bryan Hassell, co-director of Public Impact in North Carolina.
Bryan Hassell and Karen Hawley Miles during the panel discussion.
Each member of the panel discussed recent examples of state-level policy changes that meaningfully impacted resource use in school districts, ranging from teacher compensation to strategic school design. Some themes emerged:
Karen's one-page memo “Promoting Transformation Through State Budget Processes and Policy” summarizes the main themes of the panel, highlighting the three key ways that states can help districts make necessary change, and sample policies that advocates can consider in their state.