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Pay for priorities
Pay for Priorities | Prioritize Expenditures

Current resources and expenditures must be thoroughly analyzed in order to find capacity to pay for top instructional priorities.


  • Analyze current spending to inform decision making
  • Quantify identified priorities in order to implement
  • Identify additional areas of cost savings and potential trade-offs

Evaluate & Prioritize Use of Resources to Enact the Instructional Priorities

Instructional priorities need to be thoroughly quantified as a first step to determining how much money is needed to implement the priorities and where that money will come from. Trade-offs need to be weighed to examine whether the costs, financial or otherwise, of implementing an instructional priority are viable.


  • Level 1: Complete review of top resource-shifting ideas from Smarter School Spending and pursue a limited number of them. Communicate why these ideas are being pursued.
  • Level 2: Sunset some under-performing programs to re-purpose funds. Communicate why the district is doing so, particularly to the stakeholders of these programs.
  • Level 3: Catalog programs and use cost-effectiveness data to rigorously identify which programs get the most bang-for-the-buck. Ensure stakeholders are engaged in reviewing programs.

Your Quick Wins

  • Quick Win: Identify how any potential savings will be used.
  • Why important? ¬†Establishes that this process is not merely a cost cutting exercise.