Strategic Stimulus Spending | ABCs of I, II, III

Organizing and planning ESSER funding can be overwhelming: large amounts of federal funds come with a lot of scrutiny and high expectations. From communicating the role of stimulus dollars in your operating budget to allocating funds to the right…

How to Incorporate Equity in Staff- and Student-Based Resource Allocations

When was the last time you took a look at your funding model to see if it’s cohesive with your district’s story? Many districts are realizing that legacy methods of funding and staffing allocation are producing spending patterns that are equal, no…

Revising How Your District Allocates Dollars to Schools in 3 Phases

You decided to revisit your district’s resource allocation model. First, let’s give yourself some kudos! Our world is changing so quickly, which means our student needs are also changing. It won’t happen overnight, it will take planning, and you may have…

How to Project Funding Models and Enrollment Within Your District

Most school districts begin to plan school-and district-level budgets five to seven months before starting the school year. The dollars that districts allocate to departments and schools from which they plan depend on a multitude of factors — the most…

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…

"I don’t see what school finance has to do with equity."

At Allovue, we believe that Black Lives Matter. Our team is committed to anti-racism efforts in the workplace and through our work with resource equity. In this post penned by our Founder and CEO, Jess Gartner shares how our work connects to anti-racism…

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.…

5 Steps to Transition Your District to Weighted Student Funding

1. Evaluate your current state Successful districts transition to weighted student funding (WSF) formulas over several years so make sure you manage your expectations and plan for the long term. Before you begin, review your site-level spending to assess…

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…

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…