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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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    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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    Go the Extra Mile: 3 Ways to Use ESSA Report Cards to Improve Schools

    With ESSA implementation afoot, districts are preparing to expend considerable effort creating ESSA mandated report cards highlighting the performance, progress, and goals of their individual schools. However, the heavy lifting required to fulfill this state requirement comes with a silver lining. These report cards help districts unearth a...

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    What is the DoED's Student-Centered Funding System Pilot?

    The US Department of Education (ED) is proposing an opportunity for school districts nationwide to participate in a funding pilot that could theoretically increase equity for students that may require additional support or have a demonstrated need in school. By creating a program that incentivises districts to center their funding on what’s...

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    How are Public Schools Funded?

    The way public education dollars flow from funding sources to classrooms is complicated and often mysterious. This blog explains the main sources of education funding and the variety of formulas used to determine how dollars are allocated to school budgets. An infographic illustrates how different allocation models may impact resource equity.

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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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    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

    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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