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    "I don’t see what school finance has to do with equity."
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    Funding Flexibility: How 3 Districts are Using ESSER Funds to Meet Student Needs

    In addition to being the largest infusions of federal education aid in history, ESSER funds are unique because of the wide latitude they allow districts in deciding how to spend their awards. Most federal education programs stipulate that states allocate funding for a certain use: to support students living in poverty, for example, like Title I,...

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    When Talking About Numbers is Speaking a Foreign Language

    When my copy of Making Numbers Count by Chip Heath and Karla Starr arrived, the numbers geek inside of me was skipping around the house with excitement to dive into the book. However, when you spend time inside this excellent book, you quickly find out it is not about the numbers themselves. It is about the story they tell—or, actually, don’t...

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    The Resource Side of the Equation—Reflections from Jess Gartner

    Allovue CEO and Founder Jess Gartner talked about the opportunities and challenges of creating equitable district budgets on the Economics of Learning podcast with Dr. Don Killingbeck, the Superintendent of Hemlock Public School District in Michigan. During the discussion, Jess drew connections between the inadequate access to resources she had as...

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    Pivoting to Equity-Based Budgeting Using ESSER Funds

    We have abundant evidence that more money for schools translates into real benefits for students. Increasing per-pupil spending leads to improved test scores and higher graduation rates, particularly in low-income districts. What is more difficult to understand is how to distribute funds in an effective and equitable way.

     

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    Creating an Equity Vision and Planning for Equity-Based Budgeting

    Districts are uniquely well-positioned to improve resource equity. Given their deep understanding of the needs of their student populations and their schools, districts can diagnose and address resource needs with nuance and insight.

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    Meet Josh Barillas: Implementation Manager

    Implementation Manager Josh Barillas brings his experience doing data analysis and integration for education management and government organizations to his role as an Implementation Manager at Allovue. He makes sure our district partners’ data merge seamlessly with Allovue’s budgeting software, learning the intricacies of each district’s system so...

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    Meet Desmond Seymour: Implementation Specialist

    Implementation Specialist Desmond Seymour has experience working in multiple capacities across the education space—in charter schools, as a football coach, an after-school programming director, and advising young parents—and is deeply familiar with the experiences and challenges of teachers, administrators, and district leaders. At Allovue, he...

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    Equity-Based Budgeting: 5 Questions to Consider

    Articulating the rules, concepts, and ideas behind resource allocation in your district is a key component of equity-based budgeting. In doing so, everyone can understand the assumptions that underly resource decisions and administrators can better make adjustments, as needed. By describing all of the thinking that determines how staffing and...

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    Three FAQs About ESSER Funds

    ESSER funds are on the way thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act. Districts are busy brainstorming the best use of these funds and how to plan sustainably and strategically.  Do you have a vision for your district for the next year and beyond? Learn more about how to strategically budget your ESSER dollars and read answers to some common...

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    How to Incorporate Equity in Staff- and Student-Based Resource Allocations

    When was the last time you took a look at your funding model to see if it’s cohesive with your district’s story? Many districts are realizing that legacy methods of funding and staffing allocation are producing spending patterns that are equal, no equitable.  What does this mean for your district? There can be dollars that can be spent in other...

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