3 ways District 155 can stretch the school dollar


  • Aim for a leaner, more productive, better paid workforce

  • Pay for productivity

  • Integrate technology thoughtfully


4 mistakes District 155 must avoid

  • Narrow the curriculum

  • Furlough workers

  • Shortchange choice options

  • Pass the buck to families

8 signs of a good District 155 Board Member

  • Commits to a vision of high expectations for student achievement.

  • Has strong shared beliefs and values about students’ ability to learn and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.

  • Is accountability driven.

  • Has a collaborative relationship with staff and the community.

  • Is data-savvy.

  • Aligns and sustains resources to meet district goals.

  • Leads as a united team with the superintendent.

  • Takes part in team development and training.

What are the differences between charter schools and traditional public schools?

One of the key differences between charter schools and traditional public schools is regulatory freedom and autonomy from state and local rules regarding:


  • staffing

  • curriculum choices

  • budget management


In exchange:

  • Their charter is reviewed and renewed (or revoked) by the authorizing agency every few years.


This freedom and experimentation make charter schools extraordinarily difficult to describe or evaluate at a national level.


Do charter schools perform better than traditional public schools?


  • A recent study found that the majority of charter schools perform no better or worse than traditional schools.

  • Only 17 percent performed significantly better (at the 95 percent confidence level) than the traditional public school.

  • 37 percent performed significantly worse in reading and math

  • 46 percent performed the same in reading and math

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