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Strategic School Funding for Results Update. Board of Trustees Meeting August 28, 2012. Strategic School Funding for Results M. Archer 2012. Funders : William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Ford Foundation Institute for Educational Sciences. Getting Down to Facts. -September, 2007.

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strategic school funding for results update

Strategic School Funding for Results Update

Board of Trustees Meeting

August 28, 2012

Strategic School Funding for Results

M. Archer 2012

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Funders:

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Institute for Educational Sciences
getting down to facts
Getting Down to Facts

-September, 2007

“California’s school finance system is unnecessarily complex and is not rationally aligned to support the accountability and performance standards imposed on local educators.”

“School governance in California is characterized by a hodgepodge of restrictive rules and regulations that often hinder, rather than promote, student achievement.”

“Differences in spending across California districts are substantial and not systematically tied to costs, needs or demands.”

timeline
Timeline
  • January, 2009 – TRUSD joins American Institutes for Research, Pivot Learning Partners, and LAUSD in a landmark project to change school finance
  • July, 2009 – Hewlett and Ford Foundations award first year funding
  • March 20, 2010 – TRUSD Board of Trustees adopts resolution #174 identifying SSFR as a core reform project for TRUSD
  • July, 2010 – Hewlett and Ford award three more years of funding along with the Institutes for Educational Sciences
  • January 17, 2012 – TRUSD Board of Trustees adopted a policy for Educational Equality and Equity (#411) that incorporates key components from SSFR, such as weighted student funding and increased local control
  • May, 2012 – All School Site Plans completed through the new PBAR web-based tool and according to the revised timeline
align systems for greatest impact
Align Systems for Greatest Impact

Improved Learning Outcomes

Connect resources to learning goals

Enable school control over the means of success

Align district policy, standards and practices

ssfr cohort sites
SSFR Cohort Sites

Cohort I: 8 sites began in 2010

Cohort II: 11 sites added in 2011

Cohort III: the rest of TRUSD sites

ssfr and trusd in the news
SSFR and TRUSD in the news…

Weighted student formula is already working well in Twin Rivers Unified (CristinQuealy, Pivot Learning Partners, on Thoughts on Public Education)

Twin Rivers Schools Given Funding Freedom (Melody Gutierrez, Sacramento Bee)

New Budget, Big Changes to School Funding

(KQED, The Forum)

Give districts targeted – not total – flexibility (John Affeldt, Public Advocates, on Thoughts on Public Education)

Untangling the Web of California School Funding

(Ana Tintocalis, The California Report, NPR)

Student-based budgeting offers hope for systemic change in urban schools

(Steve Jubb, Pivot Learning Partners, on Thoughts on Public Education)

advocacy group visits
Advocacy Group Visits
  • Ed-Trust West
  • Californians for Justice (CFJ) and Campaign for Quality Education (CQE)
  • Youth Together
  • UCLA Institute for Democracy Education and Access
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Public Advocates
  • Children Now
  • California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)
  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
  • People Improving Communities through Organizing California (PICO)
equity successes
Equity Successes
  • Recommended Twin Rivers’ first Educational Equity and Equality Board policy adopted January 17, 2012
  • Increased the equitable distribution of funds across schools through the Needs-Based Funding Model
  • Local flexibility over programming decisions
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Educational Equality

All students should have an equal opportunity to graduate from high school ready for college and/or careers

Access to:

good classes,

good teachers,

high expectations, safe schools,

school libraries, playgrounds, computers, books…

C

A

D

Different students have different needs;

E

B

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Educational Equality

All students should have an equal opportunity to graduate from high school ready for college and/or careers

Access to:

good classes,

good teachers,

high expectations, safe schools,

school libraries, playgrounds, computers, books…

C

Educational Equity

A

D

Different students have different needs;

E

therefore, need different support to reach the same level of success in school.

B

needs based funding model
Needs-Based Funding Model
  • A funding mechanism that distributes dollars to schools based on student needs (i.e., more dollars to higher need students)

“In a well designed system with strong accountability, all players understand their roles and have the resources, incentives and flexibility to accomplish their obligations.”

(Loeb, Bryk., & Hanushek, “Getting Down to Facts,” 2007)

flexibility accountability successes
Flexibility & Accountability Successes
  • Approximately 80% of district dollars are now under site management
  • 100% of school sites using new planning system PBAR
  • HR, Budget, Site Planning processes have been aligned
  • Site scorecards produced for all school sites
  • Central Department scorecards and action plans developed around customer service metrics
  • Second year of customer service surveys
  • First year employee satisfaction measures reported on scorecards
pbar tool an online interactive tool that facilitates comprehensive site planning and budgeting
PBAR Tool: an online, interactive tool that facilitates comprehensive site planning and budgeting
transparency and authentic engagement successes
Transparency and Authentic Engagement Successes
  • Trained all School Site Councils, Site Leadership Teams, and English Learner Advisory Committees on the new planning process and authentic engagement
  • Aligned budget, staffing and site planning processes to allow for authentic shared leadership
  • Extensive detail in new site plans for site budgets and costs
  • Site-to-site access to share goals and strategies for improvement
benefits of comprehensive planning
Benefits of Comprehensive Planning

“A lot of parents are happy that their voices are being heard, I heard a lot of good stuff from parents saying ‘I am glad that they’re doing this.’”

-Glenda Brownell, Parent,

NoraltoElementary

upcoming presentations to the board
Upcoming Presentations to the Board
  • Equitable Distribution of Funds
  • Accountability: School and Site Scorecards
  • Comprehensive Site Planning: PBAR, highlights from 2012-13 plans
  • Authentic Engagement: School Leadership Teams meetings
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness initiative: Highlands High pilot
  • Weighted Student Formula Update
  • 2013-14 Comprehensive Plan Highlights and Innovations
  • Site Plan for Student Achievement approval
for more information
For more information…
  • TRUSD SSFR website: http://www.twinriversusd.org/depts/com/ssfr
  • SSFR Project website: http://www.schoolfundingforresults.org/
  • TRUSD SSFR Principal Video: http://www.twinriversusd.org/newsroom/videos/ssfr_2011/
  • SSFR and Governor Brown’s weighted formula (KQED): http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201201130900
  • Mahala Archer, Special Projects: mahala.archer@twinriversusd.org

916-566-1600 x50906