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Making School Resources Matter


Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street, Albany
Thursday, September 24, 2015
9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute for Government and the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO)

State legislatures and governors, researchers and the general public have debated how to fix schools for years. Some have argued for more money and some have insisted that more money won't make a difference. States have debated how resources should be distributed, what constitutes adequate resources, and what outcomes should be expected as a result of school spending. While school finance researchers have various methods to identify the amount of resources required for an adequate education for all students, it is not clear all students will actually achieve an adequate education or even have the opportunity to do so, even if these resources are provided. Why? Because how money is spent and how much is spent are inextricably linked; both are important and related to each other.

Resources are defined broadly as money, people and time. Acknowledging that effective practices for resource allocation are not common practice, two panels will address (1) where research tells us we can get the most bang for our education buck and (2) what school leaders can do to make school resources matter. The intent is to provide school officials, state policymakers and those interested in education with specific solutions to real school resource problems.

Questions to be considered include:

  • What does research tell us are the key opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of resources to improve student learning?
  • To what extent are classroom teachers part of the discussion? Can teacher talent be allocated strategically to improve student achievement?
  • What legislation needs to be created or changed to support the process of resource reallocation?
  • What can school districts do tomorrow, next month and next year to better allocate resources for improved learning?
The symposium will be moderated by Keshia Clukey, education reporter for Politico New York. The research panel will include:

  • Jesse Levin, Principal Researcher, Education Program, American Institutes for Research
  • Hamp Lankford, Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Michael Rebell, Professor of Law and Educational Practice, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Shayne Kavanagh, Research Director, Government Finance Officers Association

The panel on what school officials can do will include:

  • Deborah Cunningham, Director of Education and Research, NYSASBO
  • Stephen Frank, Partner, Education Resource Strategies
  • Andrew Fiorentino, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Administrative Services, Windsor Central School District
  • Victor Holl, School Business Administrator, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District
To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at Michele.charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu by September 18th.