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    Who Has Control of Money in Schools?

    I often compare budgeting to the process of remodeling a home. There are structural issues to consider, availability of funds and a multitude of decisions to be made along the way to design and implement a plan. Imagine if you set out on that remodel with a set amount of funds, but you only got to pick out the paint colors. Would the end result...

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    8 Things to Consider to Improve Your K-12 Budgeting Process

    Break out the spreadsheets and small font, because budget season is just around the corner.

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    Understanding School District Budget Deficits

    Large, urban school districts often dominate the headlines, however, smaller districts around the country also struggle with deficits. In this blog, we will dive into the differences between deficits for businesses vs. schools, the most common sources of revenue for a school district, and questions to ask when reviewing your district's deficit...

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    Looking Back to Plan Ahead

    Like any remodeled room, your school’s “new” budget is often the product of the budget that came before it, so understanding your school’s or district’s historical spending is key to crafting a blueprint for a better financial plan. In this post, we’ll identify what you need to efficiently build a “new” budget using historical spending and past...

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    4 Ways to Measure K-12 Instructional Program Success

    For instructional leadership in school districts, measuring and improving student achievement and connecting instructional programs to student outcomes is key.To accomplish this goal, there are four ways to measure success.

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    Top 10 Things Superintendents Need to Know about Education Finance

    Spending drives everything in a school district, including the ability to hire highly-qualified teachers, offer professional development, ensure that students are supported with wraparound services, evaluate the curriculum, assure the safety and cleanliness of school facilities, and provide extracurricular offerings, technology infrastructure,...

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    How Student-Based Budgeting Is Revolutionizing Special Education

    Student-Based Budgeting (SBB) is the fairest way to use limited resources to best help students. Nowhere is this clearer than in special education funding, where traditional models fund schools based on the adults in the system, not the kids.

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