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Afton Facilitates Expert Panel on Sustaining Innovation at iNACOL 2017

Panel of national experts at iNACOL conference offer specific examples, case studies for operators October 24, 2017 Blog Summary: The panel of national experts offered opinions and guidance based on their experience in implementing innovative school models.  Some key takeaways from the session included: Focus on change management and communications: move beyond individuals and change… Continued

Afton Partners Named ‘Site Level Facilitator’ for Illinois State Board of Education Fiscal Equity & Return on Investment Initiative

In July 2017, Afton was awarded a two-year contract with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to act as the “Site Level Facilitator” as part of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Fiscal Equity and Return on Investment (ROI) project.   Afton is working with ISBE and a designated Advisory Group to enable school… Continued

Affording Quality Schools – Remedy 8: Make a Commitment to Long-Term Planning and Stop Flying Blind

This is the final installment of Afton’s five-part blog series, “How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools, Despite Enrollment Decline,” aimed at recognizing school district financial challenges associated with enrollment decline and offering some actionable recommendations for school districts facing enrollment loss, with or without charter schools. As we’ve outlined throughout this series, Afton identified 8 ways… Continued

Affording Quality Schools – Remedies 5, 6, and 7: Curb Agreements That Inflate Costs As Enrollment Declines

This is the fourth installment of Afton’s five-part blog series, “How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools, Despite Enrollment Decline,” aimed at recognizing school district financial challenges associated with enrollment decline and offering some actionable recommendations for school districts facing enrollment loss, with or without charter schools. As we outlined earlier in this blog series, Afton identified… Continued

Affording Quality Schools – Remedies 3 and 4: Infrastructure Changes and Redistricting

This is the third installment of Afton’s five-part blog series, “How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools, Despite Enrollment Decline,” aimed at recognizing school district financial challenges associated with enrollment decline and offering some actionable recommendations for school districts facing enrollment loss, with or without charter schools. As we outlined earlier in this blog series,… Continued

Affording Quality Schools – Solutions and Remedies 1 and 2: Reinventing Funding Formulas and Services with Costs That Seem Fixed

This is the second installment of Afton’s five-part blog series, “How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools, Despite Enrollment Decline,” aimed at recognizing school district financial challenges associated with enrollment decline and offering some actionable recommendations for school districts facing enrollment loss, with or without charter schools. SOLUTIONS TO AFFORDING QUALITY SCHOOLS At Afton, our… Continued

How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools Despite Enrollment Decline: Defining The Problem

This is the first installment of Afton’s five-part blog series, “How Districts Can Afford High Quality Schools, Despite Enrollment Decline,” aimed at recognizing school district financial challenges associated with enrollment decline and offering some actionable recommendations for school districts facing enrollment loss, with or without charter schools. Earlier this year, The Center on Reinventing Public… Continued

Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Medicaid Reimbursements for School Districts

One of the most persistent themes in post-recession K-12 education has been continually increasing expenses with largely stagnant state and federal revenues. Inevitably this has led to budget deficits and painful cost cutting in many school districts around the country. Typically, school districts do not think about opportunities to maximize revenues, as they have no… Continued

Innovation & Finance: Learnings from Afton’s Work with NGLC Grant Program

Three key takeaways from this blog: Identifying impactful, scalable elements of innovative school models is as important as identifying viable whole school models. If schools show academic success, sustainability follows regardless of the funding environment. The quality, depth and breadth of the leadership team is paramount to ensuring sustainability. “It’s not always about scaling full… Continued

Afton Leads Discussion on New ESSA Financial Transparency Requirements

One key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) focuses on fiscal transparency and school-level financial reporting. This shift from current reporting practices requires states and districts to provide per-pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds for each individual school. Although the US Department of Education has delayed the effective date of ESSA… Continued