• U.S. DOE Takes a Big Step on Equity

    We are thrilled to share the news that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education just released new guidance on resource equity for our elementary and secondary schools. The step is critical for closing the achievement gap, and their approach is comprehensive and well... More »

  • Let's Stop Swimming Upstream

    Announcing the Partnership for Strategic School Management

    Managing school districts is more difficult than it needs to be. This summer, three organizations came together to identify and promote strategies that states can use to help districts effectively manage people, time, and money in pursuit of improved student outcomes. More »

  • Local Control Funding Can Transform Schools

    A guest blog by Karen Hawley Miles for Education Week's On California blog

    In this blog post, Karen Hawley Miles provides concrete examples of how California school systems can transform their use of resources under the new Local Control Funding Formula. We hope other education leaders find these ideas inspiring as well. More »

  • Ford Foundation Supports ERS' Work on School Design

    New grant will target how to improve use of extended time in the classroom

    We are energized by and privileged to welcome the addition of a new funder to the efforts of ERS. The Ford Foundation has approved a one-year, $200,000 grant to support our school design work to help give urban children more and better time in school to ensure that they reach rigorous... More »

  • ERS Welcomes Six New Hires!

    The 2014 New Hire Orientation has just wrapped up, and we're so excited about our six new hires! Our two-week orientation process is a big moment every year for the organization. Nearly everyone here contributes in some way to this process, which is designed to introduce the new hires to our... More »

  • Growing Momentum

    September issue of ERS News

    ERS News is a periodic update on our impact through our district work, publications, and press. View the September 2014 issue here. It announces our recent grant from the Ford Foundation for school design work, among other exciting news. Sign up to recieve our e-news in the future. More »

  • Strategic Leadership in School Systems

    July issue of School System 20/20 e-news

    Our School System 20/20 e-newsletter is a monthly guide for district leaders striving to align resources—people, time, and money—to improve student learning. Our July issue focuses on our new paper, "The New Education CFO: From Scorekeeper to Strategic Leader," published in... More »

  • Boston Becomes the "Early Bird" of Teacher Hiring

    This year, Boston Public Schools empowered all school leaders to hire earlier and with more freedom to meet their school's needs. The results have been impressive. More »

  • Linda Nathan on School Autonomy

    ERS' work with BPS mentioned in WBUR's Learning Lab blog

    As a respected community leader with 35 years of experience with Boston Public Schools (BPS), as well as experience mentoring dozens of principals, Dr. Linda Nathan was chosen to study the BPS' autonomy. Over the past year—with the help of ERS and the Center for Collaborative... More »

  • Getting to the Bottom of Where the Money Goes

    A Student-Level Analysis of Resource Allocation

    We know that school districts spend vastly different amounts per pupil. But typically, it’s difficult to calculate how much each school spends on each individual student. Researcher Rebecca Wolf used ERS data to look at where the money goes--student by student. More »