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    Better than Equal: Building Equitable Resource Allocation Models

    How does a district define equity? What rules should dollars follow to uphold that definition? What trade-offs must be considered? We invited education finance experts around the country to take on a fictional K-12 district data set and wrestle with these questions.

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    Using a tool built for the work of resource allocation modeling, each participant developed a full model with a variety of staffing ratio and student-based formula rules. Grab your copy of this eBook to get a behind-the-scenes look at this process, including:
    1. How interpretations of equity affect allocation formulas
    2. Where to start in evaluating a formula and making revisions
    3. What factors are too important to consider compromising

    There is no single best approach to translate student needs to school resources. The many choices and customizations that make resource allocation models so powerful are also what can make them seem so daunting. Where to begin? You can start right here.

    Download Better than Equal to get full access to three example K-12 resource allocation models, thoughtful reflections on building equitable formulas, and practical advice for district leaders. 


    Allovue works with districts and state departments of education across the country to allocate, budget, and manage spending. Allovue's software suite integrates seamlessly with existing accounting systems to make sure every dollar works for every student. Allovue also provides additional services such as chart of accounts and funding formula revisions.