This post is a partial summary of this AASA blog … AASA, American Association of School Administrators, was pleased to partner with ProximityOne for our latest economic impact report, Unequal Pain: Federal Public Education Revenues, Federal Education Cuts and the Impact on Public Schools.
Using ProximityOne’s custom mapping tools, AASA’s report includes a national map showing the role that federal dollars play in schools district operating budgets. The national map is detailed, shading the various shares for school districts, also outlined at the state and congressional district level. The map is a huge asset to AASA’s report. Absent the map, the report is very data heavy. The map is a clear, concise representation of a very wonky discussion.
The map is also a very powerful tool: It shows, at the most local level, how any cut to federal education funding–regardless of how it may be described as ‘across the board’ or ‘uniform’–is anything but. Even the most modest of cuts (less than 2 percent) will be felt very differently in a district where federal dollars are upwards of 60 or 70 percent of their operating budget than in a district where less than 4 percent of the operating budget is federal dollars. The map is a very clear illustration of the unequal pain that stems from federal education cuts.
AASA first partnered with ProximityOne a year ago. ProximityOne uses geographic-demographic-economic data and analytical tools to inform discussions and explain current situation/area characteristics. They work with a wide variety of clients, including both private and public sector organizations.
This type of analysis may prove valuable to AASA members. As such, we will be partnering with ProximityOne to host a webinar on this map, the ProximityOne mapping tools, and what it can mean for schools.