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    Meet Ryan Lee: Business Development Specialist

    Business Development Specialist Ryan Lee joined Allovue after spending two years as an eighth grade teacher in Nashville. He brings a unique blend of experience in education and accounting that makes him an excellent resource for districts interested in learning more about budgeting options.

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    Engaging Budget Stakeholders with Allovue + Balancing Act

    Districts have put their ESSER dollars toward innovative and strategic investments. They have worked with their communities to identify key needs to meet and improvements to make.  As districts phase out ESSER spending, many will need to discontinue some of the programs they’ve used their ESSER grants to fund—and this will come alongside the...

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    Let's Talk About Vacancies

    While vacancies are a normal part of budgeting, "teacher shortages!" is bound to be the loudest Back to School headline this season. Some of the causes have been simmering for decades and others are new—created by the influx of temporary funds like ESSER dollars. Read on to learn how to ask nuanced questions and look at the data to understand the...

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    Meet Tyler Hall: Solutions Engineer

    As Allovue's Solutions Engineer, Tyler helps prospective districts understand how Allovue can help improve and build upon existing budget and finance processes. Get to know Tyler and how he sees work at Allovue positively impacting student outcomes through careful and intentional financial planning.

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    Steering Clear of the Fiscal Cliff

    The flexibility that districts have been allowed to exercise over their ESSER funds has allowed them to launch innovative projects to help students recover—socially, emotionally, and academically—from the pandemic, invest in supports for their neediest students, and supplement their educational and enrichment opportunities. However, while...

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    Meet Amber Gamamou: Business Development Specialist

    Amber Gamamou is a Business Development Specialist at Allovue. She introduces district administrators to Allovue’s tools for planning and budgeting, and shows them how they can use these tools to make the budgeting process more collaborative. What really inspires her is knowing that Allovue’s mission to make every dollar work for every student...

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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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