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The Future of Education Finance Summit

July 17, 2017 / Baltimore, MD

The Four Seasons
200 International Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The Future of Education Finance Summit is sponsored by Allovue and Reason Foundation. The goal of this one-day event is for education finance professionals and district leaders to network, learn, and discuss the future of education finance.

Keynote speaker

picture of Benjamin Jealous

Benjamin Jealous

Partner, Kapor Capital

Benjamin Todd Jealous is an internationally renowned civil and human rights leader, working at the intersection of technology and social impact. As a partner at Kapor Capital, he invests in seed-stage startup companies that use technology to solve social problems such as making poverty less expensive, high quality education more accessible, and living wage jobs more prevalent. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Time magazines.

Between 2008 and 2013, Jealous served as the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Under his leadership, the NAACP experienced its first multi-year membership growth and became the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile devices. Jealous currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Level Playing Field Institute, Rosenberg Foundation, Southern Elections Fund, and Pigeonly.

Listen To The Keynote


Monday, July 17th

Breakfast and Registration
Listen (MP3)

Lisa Snell | The Reason Foundation
Jess Gartner | Allovue, Inc

Finding Our Way Back to First
Listen (MP3)

Benjamin Jealous | Kapor Capital

Breakout Session A

Leadership in EdFinance

Keeping Up with Technology: Adapting to Shifts in Technology and Infrastructure

Vince Scheivert | Albemarle County Public Schools
Kevin Smith | Baltimore County Public Schools
Laura Larimer | Indianapolis Public Schools

Facilitator: Michele Molnar | EdWeek

District Spotlight

It Takes a Village to Adopt a Budget

David Hart | Cherry Creek School District
Jordan Ely | Ashland School District
Scott Smith | Douglas County School District
Kate Kotaska | Allovue

Research and Policy

Lessons Learned in the School Finance Reform Trenches

Rebecca Sibilia | EdBuild

Networking Time
Breakout Session B

Research and Policy

Political and Technical Implications of School-level Per Pupil Expenditure Collection
Handout PDF

Jesse Levin | American Institutes of Research
Stephanie Stullich | U.S. Department of Education
Cynthia Brown | Rhode Island Department of Education
Jason Willis | WestEd

District Spotlight

A Reflection on Recent Experience with the Implementation of Student-Based Allocations in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
Presentation PDF Handout PDF

Weston Young | Indianapolis Public Schools
Marques Whitmire | District To District

Research and Policy

Financial Equity and School Spending
Presentation PDF

Jess Gartner, Jason Becker, Filippo Bulgarelli | Allovue

Lunch and Networking


The Road to Fair Funding: Lessons Learned from Connecticut
Presentation PDF

Katie Roy | Connecticut School Finance Project

Breakout Session C

Leadership in EdFinance

Building Financial Capacity Across the Organization

Matthew Stanski | Anne Arundel Public Schools
Weston Young | Indianapolis Public Schools
Alita McCoy Zuber | Ossining School District

District Spotlight

A Cinderella Story: How Maury County Faced Every Financial Challenge in the Book and Turned Things Around in One Year

Dr. Chris Marczak | Maury County Public Schools
Eric Parliament | Maury County Public Schools

Facilitator: Rosalyn Curato | Allovue

Research and Policy

Trends in Student-Based Budgeting 2017
Presentation PDF Additional Resources PDF

Lisa Snell, Tyler Kotesky | Reason Foundation

Networking Time
Breakout Session D

Leadership in EdFinance

Board Members as Partners in Strategic Alignment and Equitable Distribution of Resources

Stephanie Parra | Phoenix Union School District
Michael Durso | Montgomery County Public Schools
Carlos Ruiz | Tanque Verde School District
Lawrence Robinson | Roosevelt School District, AZ

Leadership in EdFinance

Transforming Your District: Moving from Standardization to Innovation

Larry Spring | Schenectady City School District
Terry Grier | Former Superintendent of Houston Independent School District
Randy Ziegenfuss | Salisbury Township School District
Lisa Snell | Reason Foundation

Research and Policy

School Finance Reform and Local Revenues
Presentation PDF Additional Resources PDF

Aaron Smith | Reason Foundation

Networking Time
Breakout Session E

Leadership in EdFinance

The Academic Perspective on Finance: How Do You Know Which Instructional Programs Are Working?

Ebony Langford Brown | Howard County Public Schools
Greg Pilewski | Queen Anne’s County Public Schools
Jamil Rivers | Camden City School District

Research and Policy

Using ESSA to Advance Equity: Trends from Leading Districts
Presentation PDF

Margie Yeager | Chiefs for Change

Research and Policy

Arizona Trendsetters: Funding Results, Growing Excellence & School-based Transparency
Presentation PDF Video

Emily Guilickson | A for Arizona
Whitney Chapa | A for Arizona
Becky Hill | A for Arizona
Lawrence Robinson | Roosevelt School District
Carlos Ruiz | Tanque Verde School District


Check out the program from last year

FEFS 2016

Lodging/Hotel Information

Four Seasons

200 International Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

FEFS rate: $335/night, valid until June 16.
Group name: The Future of Education Finance Summit
Telephone: (410) 576-5800


Marriott Waterfront

700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

FEFS rate: $189/night
Block Available: July 15-17, 2017

Book online here

Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

511 South Central Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

FEFS rate: $179/night
Block Available: July 16-17, 2017

Book online here

Hosted by  Reason Foundation  and  Allovue 

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