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The Risk and Reward of Parent Centric Planning Efforts

In our complicated and political world, the idea of bringing a large groups of community members together can be frightening. The hope of bringing that group to consensus seems almost outlandish. However, the importance of the community input and the power of community support is more powerful than ever before. Public school administrators and School […]
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GK12 Boundary Planning Blueprint: Parent-Centric Boundary Planning Leads to Timely Success

Boundary Planning Blueprint: Parent-Centric Boundary Planning Leads to Timely Success

In November 2015, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, the fourth largest district in Minnesota with over 28,000 students, approved a funding referendum to build its first new elementary school in 22 years, driven by a new annual student growth rate of 1.4 percent. Additional factors contributing to the growth include free all-day kindergarten recently approved by […]
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Why School Referenda Fail: Research and Best Practices for Success

Results of tax referenda over time vary significantly from state to state for a variety of reasons. In any given year, however, upwards of 50% of all school referenda seeking operating money or bonding are unsuccessful. Some factors such as demographics, the economy, anti-tax politics and the presence of organized opposition are contributing factors and […]
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GK12 - Passing Referendum In The New Normal

Passing Tax Referendum in the New Normal

The tax tolerance climate in the U.S. has become more difficult, the public school parent population has become smaller, more mobile, and more diverse – realties that today’s school districts must face when planning a tax referendum.  So how can districts best address this “new normal” and obtain the funds to manage the facility demands […]
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Wayzata Case Study: Guiding Principles Drive a Successful District Realignment

Wayzata Public Schools had uneven growth and a need to make changes. With the right tools, data and approach they effectively and efficiently made changes that garnered school board and community support with a year to implement the recommended changes.  
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Four Pillars of Change: Driving Proactive Change

Big change requires strategic, data-driven thinking. This article outlines four key pillars that support districts making change and challenges leaders to ask key questions about the process and approach to ensure success for all in the end. After 41 years in public education, I would say this: the most important component of any process is […]
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