Forging a Finance-Academic Partnership in Beaverton
Beaverton School District, in suburban Portland, Oregon, has been on the Smarter School Spending journey for a number of years. The work that the academic and finance staff have done together have contributed to the ability of Beaverton students to, in 2015, outperform the entire state in every student group, in both English and math. Also, as of early 2015, graduation rates for four-year cohorts hit an all-time high of just under 80 percent. The partnership between academic and finance staff did not happen without effort. Beaverton took conscious steps to build a coalition of academic and finance staff to support Smarter School Spending.