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    Three FAQs About ESSER Funds
    Three FAQs About ESSER Funds
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    How States Count Students to Determine Funding
    How States Count Students to Determine Funding
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    "I don’t see what school finance has to do with equity."
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    Safeguarding Savings: Tips to Prepare for Revenue Reductions

    School districts are not immune to the impact of a global economic recession. But with careful planning and strategic reprioritization, district leaders can mitigate the impact of revenue reductions on students. We've compiled three sets of tactical to-do lists to help your district navigate these unprecedented times: today, tomorrow, and...

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    How States Count Students to Determine Funding: A Call for Change

    Attendance is a powerful metric that can help students who may need additional support—social, cognitive, or otherwise. However, problems arise when school district attendance rates are tied to dollars. States that use attendance-based methodologies (instead of enrollment) risk underfunding districts with the greatest populations of high-needs...

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    Transparency & Crisis Management with Superintendent Mark Schwarz

    Mark Schwarz, Superintendent of Madison Public Schools in New Jersey, was amongst the first district leaders to post video messages to his community, and was clear and transparent about the planning process for closures even before the decision was made. As districts start to look ahead to the 20-21 school year, maintaining open lines of...

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    Guide to Implementing Priority-Based Budgeting in School Districts

    Aligning your budget to district priorities matters. Why? Because when spending is tracked against the district’s goals, the district ensures intentional spending is raising student achievement. And that means? Frankly - the success of every single student relies on each and every dollar.

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    Achieve District Goals with Strategic Budgeting

    Strategic budgeting involves creating a multi-year budgeting plan that supports the long-term goals and vision set by the school district. It should represent the district’s strategic plan in action and allow the district to identify the financial resources required to support its goals and initiatives. It should also include measurable metrics...

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    Meet Allovue: Jess Gartner, CEO

    Learn about Jess' journey to founding Allovue, the typical day of a CEO, and her role models. 

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    Is a Student-based Allocation Funding Formula Right For Your District?

    ESSA requirements has many districts considering methods that not only increase school-level spending, but improve equitable opportunities for students. Implementing a student-based allocation (SBA) funding method could help districts accomplish both. Read on to find out why districts should consider SBA methods and learn the impact it could...

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    What is Zero-based budgeting?

    In most districts, the budget process begins with a roll-forward of the current budget and is adjusted for any known changes (i.e., employee compensation, benefit and pension rates, planned contract increases). In short, the budget of tomorrow is a product of the budget of today. With traditional budgeting strategies, there is often less...

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    Survive District Accounting System Transitions with Allovue

    If your district is preparing to undergo an accounting system transition, you may feel that now is not a good time to implement Allovue. You couldn't be more wrong!

    Allovue can help districts streamline and minimize technical issues typically associated with new accounting system implementations. Additionally, with Allovue in place, there is...

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    5 Steps to Transition Your District to Weighted Student Funding

    Learn the five broad steps to transitioning your funding formula: 1) evaluating current state, 2) convening a steering committee, 3) defining the outcome, 4) modeling, and 5) implementation.

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