Karen Baroody, Managing Director at ERS, along with Texas Representative Scott Hochberg, and Chester Finn, president of Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, participated in the 2011 Fall Forum held by the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) in Tampa, Florida. During the session, the three panelists discussed how the current budget crisis provides an opportunity for state legislatures to achieve better student performance by reshaping education policy and focusing on new strategies for reallocating and maximizing resources.
In her presentation, Tough Times as Opportunity, Karen Baroody talked about the gloomy fiscal forecast facing states over the next decade, and how these tough times provide a real opportunity for transformational change in resource allocation. She then discussed four of the highest priorities for K-12 restructuring state legislators should consider:
The panel continued with a discussion about the actionable steps legislators can take to steer education finance systems to be more output-driven as well as to encourage districts to be more innovative and creative. They also discussed the role that digital learning and technology can play in reform efforts and the impact of the federal stimulus. Highlights from this discussion include:
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