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Education 2010! . Allentown School District (ASD) Costing-out Study. Background. ASD Community Council (ASD CC) established in 2000 Goal: support efforts of ASD in education improvement plan Developed a community engagement strategy Provided mentoring and coaching

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education 2010

Education 2010!

Allentown School District (ASD)

Costing-out Study

  • ASD Community Council (ASD CC) established in 2000
    • Goal: support efforts of ASD in education improvement plan
    • Developed a community engagement strategy
    • Provided mentoring and coaching
    • Raised 2.4M locally to assist ASD in the achievement of goals
  • 2004 - Education 2010! established
  • Goal: Redirect efforts of ASD CC to address the challenge of education funding
    • Team comprised of Lehigh Valley CEOs, and community and education professionals
    • Focused on data and community involvement
ceo leadership group
CEO Leadership Group

Chair - Mr. Lee Butz, CEO, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Founder - Mr. Ed Donley, Former CEO, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

  • Ms. Jan Armfield, Regional President Northeast PA, Wachovia
  • Mr. Scott Fainor, President & CEO, Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust
  • Mr. Bill Hecht, Chairman and CEO, PPL Corporation, Retired
  • Mr. John Jones III, Chairman, President and CEO, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Mr. Anthony Salvaggio, President, Computer Aid
  • Mr. Don Snyder, President, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Mr. Kim Snyder, President, Eastern Industries
  • Dr. Elliot Sussman, President and CEO, Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • Mr. Paul Vikner, President and CEO, Mack Trucks, Inc
  • Created Leadership team and Professional Staff teams
  • Met with ASD leadership team; toured the District facilities
  • Hired consultants to characterize demographic data and study the implications of the data on school finance
  • Pennsylvania Economic League (PEL) who provided an in-depth analysis of the economic and social demographics of the area
  • Augenblich, Palaich and Associates (APA), of Denver, Co who identified the economic challenges the District faces, how these challenges impact studenteducation and offered options for consideration
  • Based on data gathered, asked consultants to provide options on funding
  • Brought data and recommendations to the community and surrounding school districts for input
    • Public forums
    • Media features and editorials
  • Based on data and community input, Education 2010! chose the state option
state option
State Option
  • Involved local and state legislators
    • CEOs and ASD leadership met with legislators from both parties, members of the Senate and House education committees and members of the PA Department of Education
    • Presented data on demographics, local ability to generate revenues and student needs
    • Asked for support to ensure ASD receive additional state revenues to bring the District’s expenditure per pupil to the statewide average
  • ASD received a 21% increase in funding from the Commonwealth for 2006-2007
  • ASD will use the funding to address critical needs identified in the consultants report
  • The data-driven study underscored the need for PA education funding reform---a costing-out study has been implemented at the state level
going forward
Going Forward
  • Update the current revenue and operating data for 2006-2007
  • Based on new data, identify if a per pupil gap (ASD vs. state wide average) exists
  • If gap exists, seek additional funding
  • Support other school districts and agencies in efforts for equitable funding
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Quality education is a community issue
  • Successful funding reform needs the support of local legislators and business leaders
  • All change must be data-driven---not based on assumptions or emotions
  • School districts must commit to accountability