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Getting Smart on School Finance to Deliver High-Impact Reporting
Join the Certificate in Education Finance fall cohort October 13-14 in Houston, TX or October 21-22 via Virtual Delivery

Finance issues impact every aspect of education yet are often poorly understood. Journalists who understand how and when financial decisions are made, recognize the big-ticket costs in education, and can follow the effects of spending decisions down to the classroom can produce high-impact local, state and/or national stories that explain where the money goes and who makes that decision. Reporters who understand finance can daylight the policies, patterns and actions that create or perpetuate spending inequities across schools or students in their communities.

Georgetown University’s Certificate in Education Finance equips participants with the practical skills and knowledge to participate at any level of the education financial system. Taught by Dr. Marguerite Roza and guest experts from across the field, the program offers an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning how finance strategy, leadership, and policy intersect to impact student success. Topics include compensation and benefits, financial trade-offs, equity, state/federal funding formulas, and processes for budget development and cutting. 

Designed for full-time working professionals, the 40-hour program incorporates a two-day immersion (virtual OR in person) and interactive follow-on sessions. Participants include policymakers; state, district and school leaders; analysts; grant makers and nonprofit leaders; advocates and journalists. 

To date, journalists from Education Week, The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat, Seattle Times and Akron Beacon Journal have earned their certificates.

There are no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. CEU/CPE credits are available. Tuition is $3,500, with some scholarship funds available.

Register now or email Edunomics Lab to learn more.


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