School Business Affairs February 2020

42 FEBRUARY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS tools and resources GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials Smart School Spending, School Safety, Innovation, Top Hits, and More Smarter Spending Although school district funding from U.S. Department of Education grants is a rela- tively small portion of the overall budget, the complex rules governing how it can be spent influence spending decisions. The American Enterprise Institute report “How Confusion Over Federal Rules Can Get in the Way of Smart School Spending” suggests ways stakeholders can make it easier for schools and districts to under- stand their spending options. In addition to reviewing the volume and complexity of federal rules, the report outlines: How Congress can ensure technical rules support effective program implementation. What the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget can do to promote existing flexibilities, pro- vide clear guidance, and clarify distinctions between federal and state rules. What state educational agencies can do to provide clear guidance and ensure state oversight of federal funds is consistent with federal rules and aligned to state goals. How school districts can engage with fed- eral rules and work with other districts to address challenges. What education advocacy and support groups can do to provide accurate and help- ful technical assistance and provide access to legal counsel when necessary. Access the report at wp-content/uploads/2019/11/How-Con- fusion-over-Federal-Rules-Can-Get-in-the- Way-of-Smart-School-Spending.pdf. Community-Sourced Risk Intelligence Leveraging community “intelligence” can help prevent school violence, according to a study by LiveSafe. The report, “Sources & Methods: The LiveSafe Guide to Early Warning Threat Detection and Reporting For School Safety and Security Programs,” is based on 18 months of interviews with more than a dozen current and former cam- pus law enforcement professionals, former school resource officers, survivors of school shootings, university researchers, and educa- tion risk and insurance professionals. With an introduction by Mark Sullivan, the 22nd director of the U.S. Secret Service, the report draws from the Secret Service’s report “Protecting America’s Schools” and provides a comprehensive examination of school safety assessment and intervention with a focus on the importance of commu- nity-sourced risk reporting. Download the LiveSafe report at www. In addition, Secret Service National Threat Assessment Cen- ter school safety resources are available at Education Hurdles and Accelerators The Consortium for School Networking’s Driving K–12 Innovation Advisory Board recently identified the top five hurdles hin- dering school innovation and the top five accelerators advancing teaching and learn- ing for 2020: 2020 Hurdles 1. Scaling and Sustaining Innovation 2. Data Privacy and Ownership 3. Evolution of Teaching and Learning 4. Pedagogy vs. Technology Gap 5. Digital Equity 2020 Accelerators 1. Learners as Creators 2. Data-Driven Practices 3. Personalization 4. Social and Emotional Learning 5. Building Human Capacity of Learners CoSN suggests schools and districts address these issues as they look toward advancing