Across the country, states are slowly adding back money to education budgets that were slashed during the Great Recession. With the prospect of new money before them and the continued pressure to stretch every dollar, school districts face a choice: do more of the same, or seize this moment of change to re-envision schooling to better meet student needs.
This paper explores how districts can seize this moment to create systems that ensure all students reach new, higher standards. We argue that districts should:
Think school leader empowerment
And we offer seven ideas for how districts can transform the way they use resources by connecting their people, time, and money to student and teacher needs.