At the 2018 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) annual conference, Karen Hawley Miles presented on Strategies to Foster Resource Equity to an audience of about 100 state leaders from all over the country - including Arizona, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Karen shared:
The presentation contained the five key questions help states get to root causes of equity or inequity. They are:
Audience members reported that they were inspired by data which shows how resources are, and are not, being used to advance equity and left with some specific next steps, like "Check if we have a state policy on resource allocation reviews in the lowest performing schools."
Before states can address resource equity, they must address the issue of funding adequacy. Low-funded states also typically have low teacher compensation, which is associated with teacher shortage and teacher quality challenges. The resources below explore teacher compensation more in-depth and can be used to better understand the impact of inadequate state funding and help advocate for reform.