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K-12 Investments In Principals Pays Off

Public school education budgets are tight and each district must determine how they are going to spend their money to best meet the needs of the students. Decentralizing the budget process has shown to be effective by empowering principals to be the decision makers. They are allowed lead and meet the school’s specific needs without a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Below is an article from educationdive.com that provides a real-life example of how a district was able to make a few strategic changes that provided large gains at their schools. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can partner with you and your procurement and accounts payable departments to provide cost-saving efficiencies.

Source: educationdive.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 4/19/2018

Leaders in Chicago and those who observe the district from the outside are quick to say there is no one single bullet that led to school improvement in the district. In fact, in many ways, the improvement was in response to a need to get creative after hands were all but tied by state policy. For instance, state laws passed in 1988 and 1995 made Chicago the most de-centralized large urban school system in the country, and mandated, among other things, that curriculum and budget decisions have to be made at the local level. The district has embraced this and run with it, said Jackson, whose first experience with CPS was as a student in Head Start, and who worked her way from student in CPS to teacher to the district’s top seat. (more…)

What School-Funding Debates Ignore

Student academic achievement may seem to be a direct result of student funding. However, research shows that funding per student is relatively the same in urban areas vs suburban yet achievement disparities between suburban and urban schools persist.

Below is an article from theatlantic.com that explains why the idea that equal inputs will produce equal outcomes is not reality. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can partner you with your procurement and accounts payable departments to provide cost-saving efficiencies.

Source: theatlantic.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/22/2018

Supporters of urban education frequently make the case that city schools are underfunded. Hampered by reliance on local property taxes, they contend, urban schools lack the resources they need to ensure their students succeed.

In most states, though, spending on education in rich and poor neighborhoods is relatively equal. And in states including Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio, city schools regularly outspend their suburban counterparts. Even in those cases, however, achievement disparities between suburban and urban schools persist. Those who advocate against increased funding for urban schools are quick to point to this fact as evidence that more money won’t make a difference. (more…)

Charter Schools Partner With Local Districts In Rural Areas

One size fits all is not a good formula for students. Smaller classroom sizes and an environment that caters to students that want to customize their education or have special needs is becoming more and more popular. The statistics confirm the success found in charter schools.

Below is an article from publiccharters.org that describes the challenges and benefits of a charter school. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can partner with you to manage any Accounts Payable and procurement needs at your institution.

Source: theatlantic.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 3/7/2018

One of the humblest school leaders I have met to date—Marcos Martinez, the chief executive officer and founder of Poder Academy—has achieved what few in the state of Wyoming have. Marcos found a way to not only open two of the four public charter schools in the entire state but did so in collaboration with the district, and in a state where over 35 percent of its population lives in a rural community. (more…)

Performance Pay System Leads To Small Gains In Student Learning

In corporations, a person is rewarded based on performance. However in education many times these rewards are not provided. Research is showing that with the implementation of a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) students perform slightly better in reading and math when their teachers receive performance-based bonuses.

Below is an article from educationdive.com that provides evidence that a TIF program is having a positive effect on student learning. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to learn how we can help you implement a procurement and accounts payable process that will help reduce operating expenses to put more dollars back into the classroom.

Source: educationdive.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 2/19/2018

Dive Brief:

A final evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) finds that students perform slightly better in reading and math when their teachers receive performance-based bonuses. (more…)

Will Letter Grades Survive?

A recent trend in K12 education is to shift away from credit hours, GPA’s and grades to transcripts that provide more comprehensive, qualitative feedback on students. Although competency-based education is in its infancy, more research is being done to determine the best method for implementation.

Below is an article from edutopia.org that describes the details of a competency-based education, including the concerns and challenges on how this new methodology might benefit students over the traditional way of assessing students. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to partner with you to determine the best way to measure the skills of your students.

Source: edutopia.org | Re-Post SpendBridge 2/1/2018

A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.

Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces—from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices—the ubiquitous one-page high school transcript lined with A–F letter grades may soon be a relic of the past. (more…)

10 Trends For Education In 2018

It is anticipated that 2018 will bring changes in education and districts will face challenges and opportunities impacting students, staff, and the entire school system. These changes range from Personalized professional development for teachers to Social and emotional learning as an integral part of the school day.

Below is an article from eschoolnews.com that discusses these trends and who and how they are impacting. After reading the article give us a call at SpendBridge so we can partner with you to meet the challenges and opportunities that are facing the K-12 education.

Source: eschoolnews.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 1/15/2018

From shifts in school choice to student assessments to online learning, the educational landscape is constantly evolving. This coming year, districts will continue to face many challenges and opportunities that will impact students, staff, and school systems as a whole.

Below, experts from various areas of the education industry share trends that will help shape K-12 education in 2018. (more…)

Charter And Private Schools Do A Better Job Of Engaging Families And The Surrounding Community

Productive communication can produce the best outcome for most any situation. The relationship between a school teacher and a parent is no exception. The better the communication the more customized an educational program becomes and in turn producing success students.

Below is an article from EducationdDive that emphasizes the importance of communication between parents and teachers. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to discuss how we can partner with you to gather the best information to assist you in providing the best educational experience possible.

Source: educationdive.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 12/6/2017

Dive Brief:

Parents in traditional public schools are less likely than those in charter and private schools to report feeling “very satisfied” with their schools’ efforts to engage with families and the surrounding community, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at Rice University. (more…)

7 Practices Of Successful Special Education Programs

Customizing education to meet each child’s needs may seem impossible. However, there are some basic steps that can be taken to ensure the best possible outcome for all students. Studies show that creating an environment of inclusion and developing partnerships with families and communities, all students learn better than in schools where these philosophies are not present.

Below is an article from eschoolnews.com that provides insight into some of the very practical concepts that can be implemented to ensure students with disabilities receive the best possible education. After reading this article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can assist you in implementing successful programs at your institution.

Source: eschoolnews.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 10/30/2017

Focusing on inclusion, using data, and forming partnerships are among the practices that can help make special education programs successful in schools, according to a new report.

“Meeting the Needs of Every Student Through Inclusion,” from the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), details the special education program philosophy behind 10 California charter public schools, how they implement best practices on their campuses, and what policy arrangements have allowed them to succeed. (more…)