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School Finance Elections: A Comprehensive Planning Model for Success / Edition 2

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Overview

School Finance Elections represents the marriage of research and successful practice, presenting a comprehensive planning model for school leaders preparing for and conducting school finance elections. The text emphasizes systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics. Each chapter elaborates on one of the ten elements in the authors' comprehensive planning model. This book will be of interest to school administrators, school board members, school business officials, architects and planners, public finance businesses, and university professors of educational administration classes.
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Editorial Reviews

Ted Blaesing
Every school leader needs to build community connections and at no time are these relations under greater scrutiny than leading a school finance election.
A citizenry with increased expectations for schools in an era of turbulent financial uncertainty means that school funding is increasingly in jeopardy. This book is the perfect blend of solid research proven strategies combined with practical tactics garnered from the decades of experience the two authors have invested in assisting hundreds of school districts to acquire their necessary funding through success at the polls.
It is the only textbook that I would ever use in my University of Minnesota school finance elections class, and it has provided me with practical, research proven strategies in designing successful bond and levy referendums in the school districts that I served a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
Rolf W. Parsons
School Finance Elections served as the blueprint for our district's last successful campaign. This second edition offers very helpful techniques for addressing specific target audiences through a variety of media channels; as well as ways to handle organized opposition. This book will serve as our primary resource as we plan for future campaigns.
5/20/2011 School Administrator
School Finance Elections is a thorough guide to planning and successfully receiving voter approval of essential school funding initiatives….Their framework provides a practical checklist that school leaders will find useful in devising their next school finance election campaign.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607091493
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 1,325,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Lifto is senior vice president and director of the Public Education Group at Springsted Incorporated, a public finance and consulting firm based in St. Paul. Previously, he was as a school superintendent in Minnesota for twenty-five years serving in rural, suburban, and intermediate districts. J. Bradford Senden has twenty years of experience working with school districts that must win voter approval for school finance proposals both for construction, renovation and modernization, and operation. Much of Senden's experience with survey research, voter file preparation, and campaign planning involves tax proposals requiring supermajority approval.

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Table of Contents

1 Research to practice 1
2 The voter file and count book 9
3 Looking back to plan forward 17
4 Mapping 25
5 Community survey 45
6 Ballot questions 63
7 Ongoing and targeted communications 69
8 Planning 83
9 Leadership and organization 97
10 Execution of campaign 105
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