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Reallocate Resources

A more deliberative and thoughtful approach to school budgeting can lead to more efficient and effective spending and a greater focus on student outcomes. As the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy wrote, “In an era of aggressive public education reform, it is important to ask not only whether new initiatives are effective in raising student achievement but also how they can best maximize current investments in teaching and learning.” Schools and districts should use comprehensive information systems from which data-driven budgets that link spending to outcomes can be developed. By ensuring that budgets are malleable and able to accommodate change, schools and districts can respond to opportunities with precision.