Analyzing State School Finance Formulas

Join Bellwether to learn more about their recently launched School Finance Equity Training Center and the inaugural courses underway. The first set of three courses includes learning R skills for finance data analysis, discussing key elements of state school finance best practices for equity, and ultimately, building an interactive state school funding simulator to use in advocacy […]

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New Hiring and Budget Impacts

As state and district leaders consider how to allocate new federal stimulus money to address student learning and wellbeing, some groups are calling for hiring of new teachers and staff, while others are viewing these recommendations with caution. Chad Aldeman of Edunomics Lab will share trends in district spending plans and teacher labor markets, and the implications […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Best Practices for State Funding Formulas

While advocates and policymakers are rightly focused on using new federal funds to provide immediate relief for students, the American Rescue Plan Act also provides a unique opportunity to advance student-centered state funding formulas to ensure that money is used effectively and targeted to students’ needs. Join Zahava Stadler of The Education Trust – and former EdBuild […]

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Recovery to Reinvention Series: Funding Students, Not Systems

This continues the Walton Family Foundation-sponsored series, designed in partnership with PIE Network and Bellwether Education Partners. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that students and families have complex educational needs that require a range of solutions and learning environments—there is no one-size-fits-all and students benefit when families are empowered to make the best decisions for […]

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Recovery to Reinvention Series: Funding Formula Fixes

This continues the Walton Family Foundation-sponsored series, designed in partnership with PIE Network and Bellwether Education Partners. While advocates and policymakers are rightly focused on using new federal funds to provide immediate relief for students, the American Rescue Plan Act also provides a unique opportunity to advance student-centered state funding formulae to ensure that money […]

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