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Show Me the Money

The new DigitalLearning Now!Whitepaper by JohnBailey, Carri Schneider,and Tom Vander Arkconcludes that today’sschool finance systemwas not createdwith the flexibilityneeded to support thewave of educationalinnovations explodingin schools.
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The new Digital Learning Now! Whitepaper by John Bailey, Carri Schneider, and Tom Vander Ark concludes that today’s school finance system was not created with the flexibility needed to support the wave of educational innovations exploding in schools. The authors make the following recommendations to create scalable financial systems that will be flexible enough to meet the needs of technology growth:

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Weighted: Funding should reflect individual student needs by attaching “weights” to student funding amounts, based on factors that affect the cost of educating certain students, such as poverty, special needs, ELL/LEP, or gifted.

Flexible: A flexible finance system does not restrict funds or designate them for particular uses, such as salaries, and thus creates greater school-level autonomy.

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Portable: The principle of portability ensures that dollars can follow students to the school or course that best suits their individual needs—including fractional funding for full-time or part-time options.

Performance-Based: To ensure quality, a performance-based system creates incentives tied to student outcomes that reward performance and completion. Options include attaching a portion of provider payment and/or eligibility to student achievement data.




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I’m not sure if contributing editor Ellen Ullman likes doingher taxes or not, but she sure seemed to enjoy digging intothe finances of some of the country’s more innovative schooldistricts (Smart Ways to Save).

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Show Him the Money

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In celebration of the birth of the new British heir, let’s take a trip to London and visit the National Portrait Gallery.

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Follow the Money: Part I

Making Sense of the Stimulus and EdTech A Cheat Sheet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last month announced that $44 billion for states and schools is now available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The feds

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