On Monday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. EST, EdWeek Market Brief will host a webinar to answer questions about the state of K-12 budgets during the 2017-18 school year.
California has granted school districts more autonomy over spending and curriculum, a shift that carries implications for companies trying to do business in the state.
The potential to avoid time-intensive tech maintenance is a big factor driving districts toward cloud computing, according to an exclusive survey by the Education Week Research Center and the Consortium for School Networking.
Analyzing spending at the school level is a goal of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but comparing schools in a meaningful way is likely to require an investment in technology and training.
California’s budget for next year boosts funding for early childhood education and gives districts considerable flexibility in spending decisions.
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law HB 7069 over the strong objections of school officials, who say it was crafted behind closed doors and will siphon funds from traditional public schools.
The Clark County school system, which includes the city of Las Vegas, will use state funding to create a centralized tech database.
About 80 percent of school spending goes toward salaries and benefits, while purchased services and supplies make up only about 20 percent, according to federal data.
K-12 systems have more flexibility to spend federal Title I dollars than they might think, and vendors should understand what’s possible.
Companies should allow for single-classroom purchases, provide on-demand PD, and respond quickly to pilot feedback, say instructional coaches.