KIPP Bay Area school leaders had "the power to lead"—that is, the flexibility to design an instructional vision and strategy for their schools. But unpredictable enrollment and funding fluctuations made it challenging for principals to create reliable plans for their schools.
System leaders worked with principals to develop a multi-year planning process for managing sometimes fluctuating enrollment and funding. It included clear priorities, a financial sustainability framework, a process for adapting school plans, and a suite of data and tools to help inform principals' thinking.
Although enrollment and funding fluctuations remain a fact of life in the Bay Area, 100 percent of schools have long-term, financially sustainable school design plans and 82 percent of school leaders feel "very supported" by the Regional Support Office's finance team.
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