Focus Area:
Finance

Traditional school finance research tracks how the government distributes funds among school districts.

Instead, we focus on how districts and schools use their funds and how these uses affect students’ learning opportunities. We hope to help district and school leaders structure policy and allocate funds in ways that use every dollar to the students’ maximum benefit.

Reframing the District-Charter Narrative

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

District Schools? Charters? In Indianapolis, Partnership Schools Offer A Third Way

In 1997, Paul Hill published his book Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (the center where I work at the University of Washington was founded on the ideas presented). With his co-authors,...

Four Reasons School Districts Can Be Financially Impaired by Charter School Growth

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

Don’t Limit High-Quality Public School Options For Students

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

A User’s Guide to the Four-Day School Week: How to Assess District Readiness and Evaluate the Results

This guide will help district and community leaders understand the benefits and risks of adopting a shorter school week.

Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

This brief examines a promising new “third way” approach to school improvement and provides guidance for district and charter leaders and policymakers considering partnership schools.

District Schools Don’t Always Have to Close—They Can Transform

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

Experts Respond to Better Together: How Can Districts and Charters Tackle Declining Enrollment?

When districts go into a major period of declining enrollment, schools can experience chaotic changes in staffing, course offerings, and student supports—as fixed costs eat up an increasingly large share of revenues, and teacher and...

Reviews of “Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment”

/* Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, is intended to spur constructive dialogue and action on a complex issue that has long divided education leaders....

The Forces Behind Declining Enrollment and a New Way Forward

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

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