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  • May 9, 2011

    Teacher compensation is more than salary. It is a valuable total package that includes salary, extra pay, benefits, and pension. Combined, they are the single largest expenditure in any school organization.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Effective organizations place a premium on talent when selecting, developing, and advancing their workforce. States and school districts tend to approach teachers from a one-size-fits-all perspective that inhibits efficient and productive workforce management.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Highly effective teachers, particularly those who work in hard to staff subjects, are a scarce resource. Districts and states should assign teachers and manage the overall teaching workforce to maximize the value of this scarce resource.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Reshaping current human capital policies and practices can fundamentally impact state and district budgets. Staff salaries and benefits are the biggest budget line item for school districts, on average, accounting for more than 70 percent of district expenditures.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Unnecessary or unproductive requirements and mandates can place a sizeable burden on states and districts and can prevent them from removing barriers that improve efficiency and effectiveness. Nonessential reporting requirements and inflexible funding streams, for example, can result in lost time and resources.

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  • May 9, 2011

    To deliver non-educational services as efficiently as possible and to improve payment structures to deliver better results, policy makers should pursue strategies that will enable them to pay and manage for results. Pursuing performance-based funding, performance contracting, and shared services, can result in meaningful cost savings with minimal effort.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Process improvements at the district level can have significant impact on how systems and funds are managed and how decisions are made to enhance outcomes.

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  • May 9, 2011

    A strategic approach to increasing student achievement often includes improving the operational efficiency of districts. Having the data systems, financial systems, and business processes in place to make informed decisions can result in long-term positive impacts on the distribution of resources.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Leveraging community resources and local partnerships supports high-quality academic and enrichment opportunities by broadening the experiences that may be typically offered to students and by expanding access to local expertise.

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  • May 9, 2011

    Philanthropy has been, and will continue to be, a potential source of funding for a variety of education programs and initiatives. In addition to these funds, city or county funding streams and services may be tapped by schools and districts to help meet the needs of the whole child. Leveraging these alternative resources can help provide students with necessary supports and services.

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