Better than Equal: Building Equitable Resource Allocation Models

How does a district define equity? What rules should dollars follow to uphold that definition? What trade-offs must be considered? We invited education finance experts around the country to take on a fictional K-12 district data set and wrestle with these questions.
Using a tool built for the work of resource allocation modeling, each participant developed a full model with a variety of staffing ratio and student-based formula rules. Grab your copy of this eBook to get a behind-the-scenes look at this process, including:
  • How interpretations of equity affect allocation formulas
  • Where to start in evaluating a formula and making revisions
  • What factors are too important to consider compromising
There is no single best approach to translate student needs to school resources. The many choices and customizations that make resource allocation models so powerful are also what can make them seem so daunting. Where to begin? You can start right here.

Download Better than Equal to get full access to three example K-12 resource allocation models, thoughtful reflections on building equitable formulas, and practical advice for district leaders. 

Building Equitable Resource Allocation Models