A fun way to balance budgets?

So maybe “fun” is a bit of an overstatement, but those smarty pants at Education Resource Strategies have certainly put together an engaging tool for gauging the relative costs and savings to districts when looking at effective ways to align school resources.  The web-based tool, School Budget Hold’em, uses the conceit of a card game to highlight research-based strategies for getting the most out of precious — and in

Pensions and the fiscal crisis

“Montgomery County’s pension and retiree health accounts are facing a long-term shortfall of $4.8 billion, and officials repeatedly have pulled back from difficult decisions needed to close the gap.” — Washington Post, “Leggett, Montgomery County unions spar over pension costs.“ We’re seeing more and more articles like these. Tough budget times mean almost unthinkable budget