Stretching the School Dollar

Stretching the School Dollar How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best

Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Eric Osberg
cloth, 360 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-65-5
Price: $49.95

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Pub. Date: September 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-391-2
paper, 360 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-934742-64-8
Price: $32.00

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Simultaneous pressures to reduce costs and increase student achievement have never been greater than they are today. Not only is cost-cutting essential in this era of tightened resources, argue Hess and Osberg, but eliminating inefficient spending is critical for freeing up resources to drive school reform.


Stretching the School Dollar is the right book at the right time. It offers research-based thinking and real options to school leaders facing tough budgetary choices in today’s economy. The book’s detailed examples—how to analyze financial data, make the best use of teachers’ skills, and harness the new technologies, for example—provide a road map to economic reform that enhances, rather than obstructs, student learning. — Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators

Stretching the School Dollar arrives at a time when it is urgently needed. It is ideal for school district and state leaders who are interested in—even desperate to know—how our school systems can do more with less. It offers practical recommendations for cutting costs in ways that avoid damage to school programming as well as more dramatic and innovative ways to re-engineer how we ‘do school.’ If you are ready to meet your fiscal commitments while providing a world-class education to your students, this is the book for you. — Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bringing together thought and ‘action’ leaders, Hess and Osberg’s new book provides ideas tested in the crucible of the public square. Coming at a time when taxpayers are asking superintendents to produce quantum leaps in student performance while dramatically reducing the resources to accomplish such feats, this book will be required reading. — Dr. Jose M. Torres, Superintendent of Schools, School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois

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About the Editors

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and executive editor of Education Next. His books include Educational Entrepreneurship: Realities, Challenges, Possibilities and The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship.

Eric Osberg is vice president and treasurer of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His publications include Fund the Child: Tackling Inequity and Antiquity in School Finance.