Model & Strategy

EdBuild’s mission is to bring common sense and fairness to the way the United States funds its public school systems. Delivery models in education and the demographics of our public school students have changed drastically in the past 50 years, but the way we fund our schools has not kept up.

A state funding system should provide resources for students based on their needs and deliver additional funds for struggling communities; fund students fairly and equitably, regardless of their zip codes or the public school model they attend; and promote opportunity through school district boundaries based on geography and municipal borders rather than property value. Using advanced data visualizations and analytics, EdBuild works directly with local policymakers to help states transition to a more equitable and student-based funding system.

At a Glance
Founded: 2014
Education
Location of work: Domestic
EdBuild
140 Bay Street, Suite 2
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Improving education and positioning schools as key drivers in community development
Rebecca Sibilia of EdBuild
Meet Rebecca Sibilia

Rebecca Sibilia launched EdBuild in June of 2014. Prior to starting EdBuild, Rebecca served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Fiscal Strategy at StudentsFirst. In her fiscal strategy role, she led a team in analyzing per-pupil funding levels and state funding mechanisms that ensure “equity” and “adequacy” considerations. Her team also studied and made recommendations to state and district officials on directed reforms to support more innovative use of resources across the public education spectrum.

IMPACT

By 2020, 4 states will have successfully passed funding formula reform, and will have moved to a weighted student funding system that prioritizes student need; more than 2.1 million children in poverty will benefit from this work.

By 2020, all states will have the tools needed to replicate successful weighted student funding formulas. The segregating nature of our state funding systems will become an issue of national prominence, and education finance reform will be seen as a key equalizer in educational outcomes for children.

  • RT @kylielkinnaman: You only have to drive on RT 84 through Waterbury to feel this isolation. Students miles away from each other are havin…
  • RT @cinjo: I grew on the south shore of Long Island. I still remember when I realized the term "de facto segregation" was not just in my hi…
  • RT @housingcenter: According to @EJI_Org and @EdBuild, one in five American public schoolchildren attend schools that are racially isolated…
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: Not new. Still true. https://t.co/smo5gJAdTo
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: These @NPR/@npr_ed photographs are a powerful look at the side-by-side inequality of America's school districts. Does an…
  • RT @TheLineK12: Milliken v. Bradley found that gov't can't mandate racial integration across school district borders. An @EdBuild report ex…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: NPR sent photographers across the country to document the stark differences between school districts right next to each…
  • .@NPR puts powerful images to some of the divisive school district borders highlighted in our latest report: https://t.co/AeDi0cTNqb
  • RT @NPR: Speaking about school segregation, Michael Bennet said: "We need a conversation about what’s happening now!" A new report found r…
  • RT @ByJohnPhillips: The work that @edbuild has done to explain - in understandable fashion - the issues with how states fund schools is not…
  • RT @LateBellPod: By funding schools through property taxes, states are making certain areas have to play catch-up before the race has even…
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: Honored that the @eji_org saw fit to share @EdBuild's recent report (https://t.co/N6CGBTyRA4) in this post about #segreg…
  • RT @ByJohnPhillips: New @latebellpod episode with @ZahavaEdBuild is out! The way we fund our school districts is ridiculous -- find out why…
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: Glad to see close readers drawing on @EdBuild's latest research to better understand recent recent findings on Latino #s…
  • RT @thegrade_: New from @AdamHSays: The Segregated School Districts Trapped by Their Borders - The Atlantic https://t.co/MB7bZfrwfF
  • New, from the always terrific @AdamHSays: In Waterbury, CT and around the country, school district borders keep kid… https://t.co/Va4dHddz6S
  • RT @TheAtlantic: Schools trapped within isolating, segregating borders will require more sweeping solutions to break free of them, @AdamHSa…
  • RT @All4Ed: New @EdBuild analysis explores how school district borders create race and revenue gaps — creating a system of winners and lose…
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: .@DonorsChoose says it helps "bring classroom dreams to life." Divisive school district borders do a lot to determine ho…
  • RT @NBCNewsLearn: "Roughly 9 million children — nearly 1 in 5 public school students in the U.S. — attend schools that are racially isolate…