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Reallocating Resources

Reallocating Resources
How to Boost Student Achievement Without Asking for More

September 2000 | 120 pages | Corwin
Although there has been receptivity to the notion of school-level resource reallocation, there has been a dearth of information on how resource reallocation can actually be implemented. The authors' goal is to describe actual resource reallocation practices and the realities of the resource reallocation process using examples from the schools that they have studied, as well as schools that others have studied. Though it is helpful to know that resource reallocation is feasible, it is even more helpful to principals and teachers to understand the nitty-gritty details of it – which resources get reduced, which resources are added, what funding sources are tapped, what problems are encountered, and how the process unfolds in real school settings. All types of schools were included in the study: schools in urban, suburban and rural districts, large and small schools, and schools in large, medium, and small school districts. The schools studied also reflect a range of student demographics, from low to high percentages of minorities and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Each school adopted a number of new educational strategies, each of which required various expensive educational ingredients – smaller classes, more planning time, expanded professional development, tutoring for students who were struggling to achieve high standards, etc. This book tells the story of how schools can finance expensive program needs by describing the vast array of decisions that must be made, including how to pay for the new strategies.

About the Authors
Introduction: Why Reallocate Resources?
1. The Change Process
2. Defining a New Educational Strategy
3. Organizing and Staffing the School to Support the New Educational Strategy
4. Deciding How to Serve Students Who Need Extra Help
5. Paying for the Changes
6. Effects of Resource Reallocation and District Roles to Support Such Changes
Resource A: Resources on the Internet

 "A fundamental resource on designing school funding allocations."

Joseph W. Rudnicki
Superintendent, Sunnyvale Elementary School District, Sunnyvale CA

"Resource Reallocation focuses not only on funds, but also on staffing, use of building space and instructional time. One of the book's strengths is that it discusses resource reallocation as a key component in the larger comprehensive school improvement process and not as a separate budget preparation item. This book will provoke school leaders to reconsider how their own existing resources might be reallocated to address schoolwide improvement efforts and better student learning."

The School Administrator, August 2002
Reviewed by Ceclia Krill, Assoc. Professor of Educational Leadership, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ.

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