School Business Affairs May 2020

42 MAY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS tools and resources GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials Per-Pupil Spending, Student Needs, Teacher Wellbeing, and Education Equity Examining Per-Pupil School Spending S chools spent more than $13 million on instructional materials for the 2017–2018 school year, accord- ing to data from MDR. Overall, U.S. schools spent an average of $268 per student for all instructional supplies and materials , including media supplies and software. In addition, according to MDR, U.S. districts spent an average of $11,192 per student for total operating costs, includ- ing instruction, support services, and food service. Total expenditures were more than $544 million. More than half of small districts (under 600 students) spent the highest amount on all instructional materials ($300+ per stu- dent) and 42% of very large districts (more than 10,000 students) spent the least: less than $200 per student. See the infographic at https://mdreduca- MDR_SchoolSpending_19.pdf Exploring the Experiences of LGBTQ Students The GLSEN Research Institute recently released Erasure and Resilience: The Expe- riences of LGBTQ Students of Color , a new series of four reports, each publication focusing on a different group of LGBTQ students, their experiences at school, and the factors that make the biggest differ- ence for them. The reports in this series examine the school experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, and Native and Indigenous LGBTQ youth. The series includes findings from over 7,500 K-12 student respondents from schools across the country and shows the compounding damage to LGBTQ students of color when racism intersects with transphobia and homophobia. Learn more at . Meeting Needs of All Students The U.S. Department of Education released its annual report to Congress on IDEA/spe- cial education, and indications are that the number of students needing special accom- modations is on the rise—which means ASBO International members should expect rising special education costs. Learn more about the findings of the 41st Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Dis- abilities Education Act, Parts B and C at osep/2019/parts-b-c/index.html Improving PreK/Kindergarten Attendance REL Mid-Atlantic has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education to support its Go-Learn-Grow initiative, which seeks to improve the attendance of New Jersey’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Access the user-friendly toolkit and find resources for school districts, schools, and early childhood providers: https://ies. pdf/NJ_REL_Chronic_Absenteeism_Tool- kit_508.pdf Tending to Teacher Wellbeing When teachers feel supported, they are better able to manage stresses of teaching establish and maintain effective classroom management strategies, and cultivate sup- portive and caring relationships with stu- dents—leading to an environment more conducive to both teaching and learning. REL Pacific, a regional educational labo- ratory, has produced an infographic outlin- ing the reasons that teacher wellbeing is