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…

Where Does Education Funding Come From and How Is It  Spent?

We're taking at look at our  first episode of the TikTok series, EdFinToks, where you can learn about education finance all under 60 seconds. We're breaking down where education  funding comes from and how it's spent.

Streamline District Spending by Offloading Ineffectual Programs

A vital function of the annual school district budgeting process is to identify programs and expenditures that are no longer viable. Re-investing the savings from such programs can help districts to meet student and district needs or launch promising new…

Pop Quiz: Four Questions to Gauge Per-Pupil Spending

As districts across the country prepare themselves to report out on the requirements of ESSA, many districts are focusing much of their attention on how they are spending on a per-pupil basis. For many districts, this is a new way of budgeting, so this…

Successfully Managing Budget Expenses Throughout the Year

Healthy budget management habits for school districts should include mindfully managing expenditures, and keep the budget aligned with the district’s strategic plan. However, for many districts, managing spending throughout the year is a stressful and…

Conducting Mid Year Budgeting and Spending Reviews

Ideally, midyear budget and spending reviews are part of a more frequent financial review cycle to ensure dollars are spent strategically and school districts are not over or underspending at the end of the year. Unfortunately, many school districts fail…

Trick or Treat? What's Lurking in Your School Finances?

While you're digging up last year's costume from the back of your closet, we thought we'd do some digging of our own. Last year, we dispelled the top three fears we heard from superintendents, chief financial officers, and budget managers from around the…

The Importance of Personnel Costs in Deficit Analysis

Personnel is a sensitive subject. It is crucial to acknowledge upfront that any discussion about personnel has the potential to be a difficult conversation because when you hear finance, deficit, and personnel in the same sentence, it usually creates a…

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? In our work supporting schools and…

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…