What the Funding Formula in Massachusetts’ Student Opportunity Act (SOA) Means for Massachusetts Schools

Superintendents ready their 3-year improvement plans Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) into law back in November of 2019. Touted as the most significant update to Massachusetts’ education funding system in nearly three decades, the SOA earmarks resources for low-income students, students of color, and English language learners (ELLs). The landmark… Continue reading What the Funding Formula in Massachusetts’ Student Opportunity Act (SOA) Means for Massachusetts Schools

Real-Time Collaboration is a Game Changer for Local Government

Getting everyone on the same page saves time, money, and headaches You kick off every planning and budget season the same way. You export your data from your accounting system, update all the formulas, add in one-time-only line items, change the dates, cross your fingers … and hope nothing breaks. Then you press SEND —… Continue reading Real-Time Collaboration is a Game Changer for Local Government

Tuesdays with TED: January Edition

Fixing government, digitalizing trust, and setting goals One Tuesday a month, we curate and share three short talks on a theme. This month, as we kick off a new decade, we’ve gathered governing insights from around the globe. Surprisingly, there’s a lot that local officials can glean from their counterparts in Africa and Eastern Europe.… Continue reading Tuesdays with TED: January Edition

6 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Transparency Center

Citizen engagement best practices for local government and schools You’ve published your Transparency Center, now what? First of all, give yourself and your team a pat on the back. Good on you for getting your financials posted in an easily accessible format that everyone can understand. It’s a smart move and one that will more… Continue reading 6 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Transparency Center

5 Issues on Local Governments’ Radar in 2020

Helpful links for civic leaders looking to make a difference Sure, we’re already nine days into the New Year, but there’s no statute of limitations on well wishes, so … Sláinte! The holidays are over and you’re back at the helm — hopefully recharged and ready give 2020 all you’ve got. Same here. That said,… Continue reading 5 Issues on Local Governments’ Radar in 2020

Tuesdays with TED: December Edition

Innovation, walkable cities, and well-being: gifts that keep on giving One Tuesday a month, the ClearGov Blog team curates and shares three short talks on a theme. This month, at a time when we traditionally take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re headed next, we stumbled upon an unlikely thread: walking. It’s not… Continue reading Tuesdays with TED: December Edition

7 Best Practices for Promoting Capital Improvements in Your Community

How to get your local government’s next big project on everyone’s radar Quick philosophical question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? More importantly, if you announce a capital project at a town meeting and no one is around to hear it,… Continue reading 7 Best Practices for Promoting Capital Improvements in Your Community