Efficient: Ensuring adequate resources reach the classroom

Adequate funding, resources and materials are efficiently reaching the classroom.


Robert Runcie, superintendent of Florida’s Broward County Public Schools and a Broad Academy graduate, reduced central office administrative expenses by $28 million through organizational restructuring and identified operational efficiencies that allowed the transportation budget to be reduced by another $14 million. Also, by restructuring the organization, he identified central office savings that directed funds to be invested directly in schools, delivering more than 650 additional teaching positions and restoring positions in art, music and media.


Miami-Dade County Public Schools faced its worst financial crisis in history in 2008-2009, requiring cuts of more than $500 million. Assistant chief budget officer and Broad Residency graduate Ron Steiger increased the district’s financial safety net by more than 2,000 percent, which contributed to Moody’s upgrading the district’s credit rating outlook from “negative” to “stable.” This steadied the district’s financial situation and helped set the stage for student gains that led the district to win the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. (Learn more: EdWeek’s “Without a Penny More”)


As superintendent of Delaware’s Christina School District, Broad Academy graduate Marcia Lyles secured the largest source of Race to the Top funding in the state from 2009-2011.


Under Broad Residency graduate and Chief Schools Officer Jack Elsey, Detroit Public Schools brought in more than $500,000 from the United Way to develop a data system that helps teachers, principals and administrators measure progress and continuously improve by accessing student assessments and other information.