Wide funding variances across schools, even after adjusting for differences in student needs.
The school system deliberately creates and funds a mix of school sizes, locations, and programming that balances choice, equity, and cost.
Today’s urban district leaders are caught in what we call the “triple squeeze.” There is a higher bar for student learning and greater student needs, combined with unsustainable cost structures that increase spending automatically and flat or decreasing revenue. If districts want to invest in improving instruction, they require new ways of organizing resources. Balancing a district budget that leads to improving the system keeps getting harder.