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School Finance

A Better Way to Budget

Building Support for Bold, Student-Centered Change in Public Schools
Nathan Levenson

A Better Way to Budget provides practical, innovative advice on how to overcome the political and social pushback that often prevents district and school leaders from shifting scarce resources to the most student-centered uses. Nathan Levenson shows how school leaders can uncover the sources of potential conflicts and create a budgeting process that normalizes change, minimizes pushback, and builds public buy-in for needed reforms.

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Reinventing Financial Aid

Charting a New Course to College Affordability
Edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Sara Goldrick-Rab, foreword by Martha J. Kanter

In this provocative volume, two experts with very different points of view address the growing concern that student loan programs are not a sustainable solution to the problem of mounting college costs. They argue that the time has come to reform the financial aid system so that it is more effective in promoting college affordability, access, and completion.

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Resourceful Leadership

Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement
By Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Karen Hawley Miles

In Resourceful Leadership, Elizabeth A. City examines decisions about the use of three key resources—time, money, and staff—and how tradeoffs among them are integrated into school leaders’ improvement strategies. She undertakes a detailed study of two small urban high schools in their first year of conversion from a large, comprehensive high school.

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Resourceful Leadership

Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement
By Elizabeth A. City, foreword by Karen Hawley Miles

In Resourceful Leadership, Elizabeth A. City examines decisions about the use of three key resources—time, money, and staff—and how tradeoffs among them are integrated into school leaders’ improvement strategies. She undertakes a detailed study of two small urban high schools in their first year of conversion from a large, comprehensive high school.

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Smart Money

Using Educational Resources to Accomplish Ambitious Learning Goals
Edited by Jacob E. Adams, Jr.

Smart Money brings together research on education finance policy and on the uses of school and district resources, thus providing a uniquely comprehensive analysis of school finance systems.

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Smarter Budgets, Smarter Schools

How to Survive and Thrive in Tight Times
Nathan Levenson

Armed with real-world examples and out-of-the-box ideas, Nathan Levenson challenges conventional thinking about school budgeting and offers practical, actionable advice for school superintendents, central office leaders, building principals, and school board members.

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Stretching the School Dollar

How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best
Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Eric Osberg

Simultaneous pressures to reduce costs and increase student achievement have never been greater than they are today. Not only is cost-cutting essential in this era of tightened resources, argue Hess and Osberg, but eliminating inefficient spending is critical for freeing up resources to drive school reform.

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With the Best of Intentions

How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K-12 Education
Edited by Frederick M. Hess

Bringing together a mix of researchers and practitioners, With the Best of Intentions examines the major goals of recent philanthropic efforts and looks at some of the key lessons--for educators, philanthropists, policymakers, and community leaders--of philanthropic contributions to schools and school systems.

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With the Best of Intentions

How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K-12 Education
Edited by Frederick M. Hess

Bringing together a mix of researchers and practitioners, With the Best of Intentions examines the major goals of recent philanthropic efforts and looks at some of the key lessons--for educators, philanthropists, policymakers, and community leaders--of philanthropic contributions to schools and school systems.

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