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Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best (Educational Innovations Series)

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Stretching the School Dollar is the right book at the right time. It offers research-based thinking and real options to school leaders facing tough budgetary choices in today s economy. The book s detailed examples how to analyze financial data, make the best use of teachers skills, and harness the new technologies, for example provide a road map to economic reform that enhances, rather than obstructs, student learning. --Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

Stretching the School Dollar arrives at a time when it is urgently needed. It is ideal for school district and state leaders who are interested in even desperate to know how our school systems can do more with less. It offers practical recommendations for cutting costs in ways that avoid damage to school programming as well as more dramatic and innovative ways to re-engineer how we do school. If you are ready to meet your fiscal commitments while providing a world-class education to your students, this is the book for you. --Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

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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. This book brings together a dynamic group of authors—scholars, consultants, journalists, and entrepreneurs—who offer fresh insights into an issue no school or district can afford to ignore. Stretching the School Dollar is a volume in the Educational Innovations series.

Stretching the School Dollar is the right book at the right time. It offers research-based thinking and real options to school leaders facing tough budgetary choices in today’s economy. The book’s detailed examples—how to analyze financial data, make the best use of teachers’ skills, and harness the new technologies, for example—provide a road map to economic reform that enhances, rather than obstructs, student learning.” — Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

“Bringing together thought and ‘action’ leaders, Hess and Osberg’s new book provides ideas tested in the crucible of the public square. Coming at a time when taxpayers are asking superintendents to produce quantum leaps in student performance while dramatically reducing the resources to accomplish such feats, this book will be required reading.” — Dr. Jose M. Torres, Superintendent of Schools, School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois

Stretching the School Dollar arrives at a time when it is urgently needed. It is ideal for school district and state leaders who are interested in—even desperate to know—how our school systems can do more with less. It offers practical recommendations for cutting costs in ways that avoid damage to school programming as well as more dramatic and innovative ways to re-engineer how we ‘do school.’ If you are ready to meet your fiscal commitments while providing a world-class education to your students, this is the book for you.” — Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and executive editor of Education Next. His books include Educational Entrepreneurship: Realities, Challenges, Possibilities and The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship. Eric Osberg is vice president and treasurer of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His publications include Fund the Child: Tackling Inequity and Antiquity in School Finance.
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Product Details

  • Series: Educational Innovations Series
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934742643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934742648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Logan on January 31, 2011
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Very interesting and enlightening. We must get school costs under control and school efficiency and effectiveness far better. This book offers ideas that could help do both.
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Fascinating book. There are controversial ideas, but it challenges us to think creatively and analyze how things are done.
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A group of articles that reveal just how dysfunctional spending decision often are in public education. The chapters by Roza, Wilson, and Levenson are particularly valuable.
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Excellent resource in this time of fiscal and educational performance challenges. State governors and union representatives should read it also.
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Non-stop increases in national K-12 per-pupil spending has increased inflation-adjusted dollars by one-third since 1995. Funding formulas and myriad state laws and regulations have had enormous impact on spending decisions - eg. most districts follow pay structures that require extra pay for teachers earning additional credits, despite research showing little or no benefit to pupils. Similarly for experience. Layoffs usually are made on a last-in, first-out basis instead of teacher effectiveness. Class sizes are often mandated at the state level, or within a local union contract.

Some more effective options include lengthening school days and the school year - w/o increasing teacher pay, using technology more effectively (eg. computerized 'adaptive learning' systems), providing certain electives such as photography through low-cost recreation centers or community colleges, utilize low-cost college students for online tutoring, requiring greater employee contributions for health care (educators often pay almost nothing for benefits that frequently cover families as well - before and after retirement), and creating incentives for teachers to use fewer sick days (eg. $50 for each day not taken, while eliminating the policy of 'buying back' unused sick leave or vacation time upon retirement).

Some excellent ideas.
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