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    Safeguarding Savings: Tips to Prepare for Revenue Reductions

    School districts are not immune to the impact of a global economic recession. But with careful planning and strategic reprioritization, district leaders can mitigate the impact of revenue reductions on students. We've compiled three sets of tactical to-do lists to help your district navigate these unprecedented times: today, tomorrow, and...

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    Guide to Implementing Priority-Based Budgeting in School Districts

    Aligning your budget to district priorities matters. Why? Because when spending is tracked against the district’s goals, the district ensures intentional spending is raising student achievement. And that means? Frankly - the success of every single student relies on each and every dollar.

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    Achieve District Goals with Strategic Budgeting

    Strategic budgeting involves creating a multi-year budgeting plan that supports the long-term goals and vision set by the school district. It should represent the district’s strategic plan in action and allow the district to identify the financial resources required to support its goals and initiatives. It should also include measurable metrics...

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    What is Zero-based budgeting?

    In most districts, the budget process begins with a roll-forward of the current budget and is adjusted for any known changes (i.e., employee compensation, benefit and pension rates, planned contract increases). In short, the budget of tomorrow is a product of the budget of today. With traditional budgeting strategies, there is often less...

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    Centralized vs. Decentralized Budgeting: Strategies to Advance Equity

    Ask any district administrator, CFO, or Superintendent to name the top challenges impacting their district, there's a good chance “improving resource equity” is top of mind. Seeing as how there are various ways to address equity (using academic achievements as a measure, graduation rates, suspension rates, or teaching staff), have you...

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    Meet Your K-12 Budgeting Season Survival Guide

    Your district’s budget aims to be a reflection of the goals and priorities important to the district that will ultimately work towards maximizing the opportunities for your students. Unfortunately, for many school districts, budget decisions are made solely with a financial lens and may not always reflect the best interest of the students. When...

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    The A, B, Cs of Back to School Finance

    The school year is right around the corner and even with the best intentions, it's easy to get off track when it comes to managing your department or school's budget. With that in mind, here's an easy checklist to help keep your school or district spending under control. It's as easy as A, B, C (sorry, we couldn't resist).

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    A Day In the Life: Principal at Center for Inquiry School 70

    When administrators empower those in their districts to take ownership of their budgets, it maximizes student outcomes and positively impacts those involved. Read on to see how one principal uses Allovue to substantiate the decisions made at her school and improve the working relationships between members of her staff.

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    Establishing Financial Accountability in Your K-12 District

    When a district wants to implement financial management improvements to all budget owners, how do you ensure that everyone is a team player? How do you make it a priority that every site implement the new procedures? Our district partners provided us with the tips and tricks they use to help those in their school districts take ownership of...

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    Collaboration: The Key Ingredient to Building & Managing K-12 Budgets

    Although just one person in a district, whether it’s a Budget Director, CFO, Business Officer, etc., typically has the ultimate authority over the district’s annual budget, the process to build that budget requires input and action from sometimes hundreds of participants. With so many critical voices, collaboration is crucial for a successful...

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