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Financial Transparency on School Level Spending
School-level spending figures coming in 2018-19 will create new demands on Principals. How much is spent (all in) per pupil in public funds on behalf of the students in your school? Chances are, even principals don’t have access to that number and may not know if it is higher or lower than other schools in the same district. But that’s about to change. Federal law requires reporting of per-pupil spending for each and every public school for the first time starting with 2018-19. Coupled with other data, this information will undoubtedly prompt questions about spending equity within districts, and about spending trade-offs. And of course, the data will enable all to see how well each school is able to leverage their dollars to do the most for its students This session is designed to get principals up to speed on how to communicate about school-level finances with your staff and community and with your district leaders. And, the session will share simple tools to enable principals to leverage the new data to do the most for your students.

Presenter: Marguerite Roza, Director of the Edunomics Lab and Research Professor, Georgetown University. Dr. Roza’s research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She’s led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid response Paper Series. More recently she served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education.

Apr 17, 2019 3:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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