Smart trade-offs are the name of the game...

But Budget Hold'em is more than just a game. School  leaders can use it to engage with the choices they will make in their budget process and consider the types of trade-offs and investments that support student improvement at the school level. You can play Budget Hold'em on your own or as a visioning exercise with your team to integrate the budget process with school planning.

Not sure how to start? ERS helped Palm Beach County School District facilitate a Hold'em session with principals last winter at the beginning of the budget process. Playing Hold'em led to deep discussions on how to align resources with specific school priorities and make the most of principal autonomy and flexibility.

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How to Link Transparency and Equity

The ESSA requirement that districts report per-pupil spending at the schoollevel increases transparency, but it doesn't tell the whole s tory and could e ven mask some inequities. In this  presentation, we highlight three opportunities to increase equity with this reporting requirement:
  1. "Show Me the Money": Minimizing the discrepancy between district- and school-level reporting
  2. "These aren't the schools you're looking for": Understanding the drivers of funding variation
  3. "Having money isn't everything": Broadening equity beyond per-pupil funding

Student learning time as an equity metric 

How can districts provide lower-performing stu den ts  w ith  additi onal academi c time, without limiting access to rigo r ous, on-standard instruction and time to learn with their high-pe rforming peers? This brief offers 6 strategies for providing extra learning time within the school day. We've seen that l earning time can be an equ ity metric that demonstrates whether high-needs  students are well-served. 

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Because our children deserve more than a few great schools.

Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, especially lower-income students and students of color, requires redesigning school systems to enable new ways of organizing schools for student and teacher learning. School System 20/20 is our vision for transforming school systems so every school succeeds for every student, because of the system - not in spite of it.



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