Funding Trends

  • Schools Save Energy and $$

    11/13/2018

    The U. S. Department of Energy initiative called the Better Building Challenge is designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Public and private sectors are accelerating investments and joining together to save in energy costs....

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  • Monies for Mental Health

    10/26/2018

    Funds will soon be released that help schools and communities cope with the challenges associated with the opoid crisis. In October 2018, Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This legislation authorizes at least $195 million for evidence-based services and...

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  • Fall Funds Flow

    10/04/2018

    Students are back in school and the fall season arrives. This yearly pattern gives way to a trend in funding.  Federal funds allocated to states begin to flow to local school districts.  Are you prepared for the Fall Fund Flow?

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  • 13 Funds to Watch in FY 2019

    09/25/2018

    The House and Senate leaders reached an agreement mid September for a $581 million increase for the U.S. Department of Education in fiscal year 2019. We are watching and waiting, as this nears final approval by the House and signature by the President. Below are the 13 programs anticipating...

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  • Local, Local, Local - Lets Fund Local

    09/17/2018

    We know the shift to state and local funding is happening with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), but did you know national philanthropists are also funding more locally designed efforts to improve schools?  Many K-12 funders are looking for ways to empower school districts believing...

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  • Mini Grants Meet Educators

    09/17/2018

    While larger federal and state funders are often focusing on organizational reform and improvement in education, there is a rise in smaller grants that help educators do their jobs better. Mini grants play an important role in funding as they can fill the gap with direct support for...

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  • STEM Funding in the Spotlight

    09/01/2018

    STEM fields are predicted to be the path to many future careers in the United States. Recent federal grant competitions, such as the Education Innovation & Research (EIR) grant, offer funding to boost learning in STEM fields. In addition, the most recent Supporting Effective Educator...

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  • School Climate: the Newest Indicator

    09/01/2018

    Positive School Climate has become a priority for many states in ESSA plans, as they aim to improve overall student success.  States were required to select a “fifth indicator” in accountability plans under ESSA. Eight states selected School Climate as a fifth indicator, according...

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  • Attendance: Seat time becomes an Indicator

    09/01/2018

    Chronic absenteeism (defined as missing 15 or more school days a year) is a growing problem in the United States. Absenteeism is linked to poor educational outcomes for students and to increased drop-out rates. To combat this issue, states are shining a light on attendance. Under...

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  • Promoting Charters and School Choice: The Portfolio School Model Entices Philanthropists

    09/01/2018

    Major philanthropists are promoting charters and school choice through a different way to operate schools - The Portfolio School Model. The strategy potentially offers more ability to scale student success. Top philanthropists (such as the Arnold Foundation and Hastings Foundation)...

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  • An Intersection of School Funding and Decision Makers

    09/01/2018

    In our decades of funding work, solution providers often ask us a common question related to categorical funds - whom should I contact? There are many great list serve companies that provide key leaders in the school districts. But an often overlooked opportunity can begin with the...

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  • Solving Education Problems Through Collaboration

    07/28/2018

    Speaking of collaboration, research continues to support a more holistic approach to solving education issues. We see more partners coming to the education table. Early education programs lead to better literacy rates in grade school. Healthy students have better attendance rates....

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  • Connecting Community and Literacy for Funding Advantage

    07/25/2018

    Literacy efforts to bring together partners in employment, education, housing, and other areas can result in increased funding opportunities. Early literacy is recognized of extreme importance.  Philanthropic groups and many corporations are offering financial support and contributions...

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  • ESSA Raises the Bar for Comprehensive Family Engagement

    07/18/2018

    ESSA has restored funding for family engagement. Three key areas include: Parent and teacher communication plan for student learning  Family Engagement Centers Allocations of funds to districts for family engagement. 

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  • Continuous Improvement: Fixing and Funding Low Performing Schools

    07/18/2018

    Although ESSA does not openly mention continuous improvement, the law shifted states from a compliance-driven system to giving opportunities to move forward their own visions. States are rethinking their systems in terms of continuous-improvement especially for low performing schools. 

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  • Flexible Assessment and Funding

    07/17/2018

    Embedded into the language of ESSA is a promise for reducing high stakes standardized testing. It also opens up funding for states and districts to try out the next generation of assessments 

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  • Funding Computer Science

    07/17/2018

    Microsoft designated $2 million to the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in July 2018. With the emphasis on Computer Science, look for more funders to follow this investment. 

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  • Elevating School Climate Indicators and Funding

    07/17/2018

    ESSA raises the importance of school climate on student learning and overall student success. States are uncovering ways to measure these nonacademic indicators into their accountability systems. 

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  • Connecting Youth Apprenticeships to Funding

    07/17/2018

    Youth Apprenticeships are becoming a valuable approach for preparing students for future careers with financial support coming from government and businesses.   Expanding apprenticeships programs help to address the labor skills gap in the U.S.

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  • Making Makerspaces a Funding Reality

    07/17/2018

    The Maker movement continues to build momentum from both inside and outside the school building. As the trend grows, the Maker community is finding budget friendly ways to create these collaborative learning environments. 

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