There’s no single best way to translate student needs to school resources—the choices that make funding and staffing allocations powerful are also what make them daunting. Allovue gives districts the capacity to write a nuanced formula that’s responsive to enrollment and funding changes.
When your formula is confined to cells on a spreadsheet, adjusting the model is an error-prone nightmare. A formula breaks or you strike the wrong key—resource allocation as we know it is a hassle. Allovue makes it easy to create and reevaluate funding and staffing allocations with easy-to-edit data and rules.
Increasing transparency around the consequences of financial decisions increases accountability for those decisions. With Allovue, districts can compare alternative “what if?” scenarios (with different enrollments or class size ratios, for example) and understand the impacts to schools when you adjust your formula.
Principals often feel like “the person behind the curtain” picks how much money each school gets—no one likes to play in a rigged game. Allovue provides an easy-to-digest summary of the actual calculations behind school funding to help principals and communities truly understand and embrace the rationale.
Some of the most consequential equity work in a district happens prior to budget development in the process of allocating funding and staffing resources to individual schools.
How districts direct dollars to schools is a powerful tool for advancing resource equity—or perpetuating inequity. In light of new federal reporting requirements, many districts are realizing that how they fund and staff schools is leading to spending patterns that are (at best) equal, not equitable.
Resource equity must be implemented intentionally—that starts with defining what equity means in your district. Whether your formula is driven by staff assignments or student groups, you can distribute resources equitably with careful consideration for how student needs are embedded into the formula.
Allovue helps districts fund schools in a way that is consistent with their values. We provide one-of-a-kind support to pull districts out of spreadsheets and into a world where funding formulas are quick to create, easy to edit, and responsive to change. This helps to shift the conversation away from, “Why can’t I have more money?” and toward, “How can I best serve my students with this money?”
Funding formulas managed in spreadsheets waste time. One Allovue district used to manage 3 models for 66 schools in Excel and model prep took three solid weeks. With Allovue, the work is done in three hours.
Allocation models in Excel invite costly formula errors. One Allovue district discovered that its model was triple counting student groups—fixing this freed up more money to be run through the model.
When “doing what you’ve always done” isn’t good enough anymore, Allovue provides a clear path to change. It’s easy to make incremental changes or shift to a new method like student-based budgeting.
There’s a lot a district has to say about its finances and important truths can get lost in translation. Allovue’s turnkey reports help you help others make sense of why schools get different levels of funding.
“Allovue effectively translates the complexities of financial statements into meaningful, understandable data points that empower administrators to allocate resources that maximizes student achievement.”
"We have a very messy Excel-Google Sheets-Stata thing we use to pull together our budget planning. We can get rid of it with Allovue."
How dollars are allocated to schools (and the students who attend them) is the single most important lever in a district for advancing resource equity or perpetuating inequity. Allovue makes funding formula creation and evaluation easy and accessible for school districts of all sizes.
Defining what equity means for your student population and allocating resources to match tells a story about how your district is working to meet the needs of every student. Allovue helps districts lay this foundation in their funding formulas and carry it through to their budget books.