Giving Compass' Take:

· Although there has been a lot of talk around increasing funding for California's schools, the authors explains that the way in which available resources are implemented is also key to enhancing student success.

· How can schools leverage their available resources and maximize their impact? 

· Here's how schools can successfully implement personalized learning with scarce resources.

There is a growing chorus of voices in support of increasing funding for California school districts — from the governor to legislators, teachers and (according to one poll) a majority of voters. Despite Los Angeles voters’ recent rejection of a new parcel tax — a proposal to increase school funding by taxing real estate — this momentum isn’t going away.

The funding challenge across California is real, as districts face declining enrollment and rising healthcare, pension debt and Special Education costs. The funding increases tied to California’s Local Control Funding Formula were laudable but were only ever promised to restore per-pupil funding to pre-2008 levels.

Regardless of what happens in Sacramento or at the ballot box, school systems know they can’t wait; they must use their limited resources as strategically — and as equitably — as possible to accelerate student learning. “How much” schools receive is important; “how well” resources are used is also key.

Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a national nonprofit with a California office and focus, recently profiled eight school systems from across the country that used their resources strategically and are seeing tangible results for black, Latinx and low-income students. Among those, two California districts provide examples of how school systems can manage people, time and money effectively.

Read the full article about enhancing student success by Joe McKown and Christina Baumgardner at EdSource.