Managing Your Money

To squeeze more out of less, districts are relying on ceativity and outside-the-box thinking to keep budgets balanced.



  • Rolling the Dice

    Lotteries may seem like the shortest route to instant cash for schools, but they're proving to be a high-risk

  • A Balancing Act

    Faced with increased advertising in schools, how can districts find the right balance between corporate support and commercial infringement?

  • The Bible and the Board

    In the church-state debate, districts often are caught in the middle of a controversial and costly quandary over religion's role in schools

  • Newsmaker: Krista Parent

    2007 National Superintendent of the Year

  • A Real "Reality Show"

    Name one profession that combines 'Survivor,' 'Fear Factor,' 'Deal or No Deal,' and 'The Apprentice.' Yep, you guessed it: the school board


  • School Board News

    May 2007 Up Front

    News, views, and trends you should watch.

  • School Law

    Show Me the Money

    Equity is front and center when schools charge fees or raise funds to supplement shallow resources.

  • Research

    What's Being Said About NCLB?

    As the landmark federal law comes up for reauthorization, everyone involved with education is weighing in with an opinion.

  • News Analysis

    A Sign of the Times

    The battle over a principal's right to discipline a student for offensive and disruptive speech is perhaps the biggest of its kind since the Vietnam war.

  • Your Turn

    May 2007 Your Turn

    This month, You Say: there are unintended consequences to IDEA. We Ask: Should schools allow advertising?

  • Communications

    Setting the Community Agenda

    If public education is going to thrive, boards and administrators need to set the record straight on what’s working—and what’s not—in public schools.

  • Money

    The End at the Beginning

    When negotiating administrative contracts, boards must take a close look at exit payments, or the final check you write could have painful consequences.

  • Governance

    Building a Budget

    The budget process can be irritating and frustrating for the board, but you have a role and should be involved in a meaningful way.

  • Learn More

    May 2007 Learn More

    Your source for ideas and information.

  • Adviser

    May 2007 Adviser

    What would you do if … your board had to close a school?