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    8 Things to Consider to Improve Your K-12 Budgeting Process

    Break out the spreadsheets and small font, because budget season is just around the corner.

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    The Future of Education Finance Summit 2017: A Recap

    Last month, the Future of Education Finance Summit was held for a second year in Baltimore. At this event, education finance researchers, policymakers, K-12 board members and school district leadership from over 20 states came together to learn from each other and network.

     

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    4 Spending Mistakes You're Probably Making at Your School or District

    Flashback to the weeks just before this last school year ended. Do you feel like your budget and spending helped your school in the best way possible? Or do you maybe wish you did one or two things differently?

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    Understanding School District Budget Deficits

    Large, urban school districts often dominate the headlines, however, smaller districts around the country also struggle with deficits. In this blog, we will dive into the differences between deficits for businesses vs. schools, the most common sources of revenue for a school district, and questions to ask when reviewing your district's deficit...

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    The 5Ws of Year End Financial Reviews

    It’s hard to believe another school year is coming to a close. This time of year, as districts across the country are planning graduation ceremonies and buttoning up classrooms for the summer, they often “just keep swimming” rather than taking the time to look back at the fiscal year and see how they performed. Financial review is key to this...

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    Preparing K-12 District Leadership for Financial Reporting Under ESSA

    As you prep for the financial reporting requirements under ESSA, there are two key considerations to keep in mind: 1) Your current financial system may not be what you need tomorrow and 2) the public is now your district’s financial partner!

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    3 Steps to Make Your Financial Data ESSA-Compliant

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will change the way your school district manages and reports its finances. How do you know if your district’s data is prepared for ESSA’s new rules? Here are three things to do today to make sure your school district is ready for ESSA.

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    Looking Back to Plan Ahead

    Like any remodeled room, your school’s “new” budget is often the product of the budget that came before it, so understanding your school’s or district’s historical spending is key to crafting a blueprint for a better financial plan. In this post, we’ll identify what you need to efficiently build a “new” budget using historical spending and past...

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    ESSA and Fiscal Equity

    If No Child Left Behind (NCLB) will be remembered as the era of testing and compliance, then the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may mark the era of equity and flexibility. While dollars aren’t the only factor in the equity equation, ESSA increases transparency and reporting requirements of how districts allocate funds to and across schools.

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    Grant Managers Know Best

    Federal Grant Managers are trained to be some of the most organized and meticulous workers in a school district. This department is tasked with tracking each grant expenditure down to not just the school level, but the program level as well, and then reporting the outcomes of that expenditure back to the federal government so as to qualify for...

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