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
Founder & CEO: Rebecca Sibilia
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 @davidbacker0: A day for maps. Here's a thread using @EdBuild's awesome "dividing lines" map that shows school districts by various meas…
  • RT @RaikesFdn: Shocked by the @EdBuild report showing that nonwhite school districts get $23B less than white school districts? You might b…
  • EdBuild couldn't have done the research we have without the tireless work of local and state reporters. We want to… https://t.co/VD2pR7mOyf
  • Watch out #OhioEdu: EdBuild is coming to Cleveland and we come bearing data workshops, policy insights, and our sta… https://t.co/6Xs0B9JRDl
  • What do Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren have in common? They all cited EdBuild's work. Now it's you… https://t.co/DDloiLUkTC
  • EdBuild may be closing its doors, but not without one last big event. https://t.co/c4S8o2g8o0
  • RT @SteveHinnefeld: On IN district split, @RebeccaSibilia of @EdBuild: “It’s the state’s responsibility to make sure education is working f…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: Guys. We're planning a big @EdBuild event. With big EdBuild personality. We're hoping to offer travel assistance and/or…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: I'm thankful to be on @21stShow to talk about the inequities in our ed funding system. But the real recognition should…
  • RT @21stShow: @LeeVGaines @RebeccaSibilia @EdBuild "We're always optimistic whenever a legislature recognizes there are students who need m…
  • RT @21stShow: @LeeVGaines @RebeccaSibilia @EdBuild There are about 43 "divisive boundaries" in Illinois and a lot of them are spread throug…
  • RT @21stShow: @LeeVGaines @RebeccaSibilia @EdBuild "As I grew older I grew wiser... that's when you realize that schools rely on property t…
  • RT @21stShow: Illinois has gotten better at providing more money to school districts that need it the most. But there are still huge gaps t…
  • RT @LawyersComm: School segregation is driven by the underlying segregation of our neighborhoods. This op-ed in @TeenVouge explains how t…
  • It's stories like this that so vividly show the cost of school funding inequities for students like Yuliana. Read… https://t.co/qtgbavQZKz
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: WOW. WOW. so, i'll ask upfront for folks to retweet this very short thread. i came back from vacation to learn that @sh…
  • RT @newrepublic: Since 2000, 73 communities have successfully seceded from their school districts, according to @EdBuild. Many of these com…
  • RT @ZahavaEdBuild: Voting has already begun on the creation of a new city for St. George, Louisiana—the next step in the neighborhood's eff…
  • RT @ByJohnPhillips: We spoke with @ZahavaEdBuild about the broken nature of the country's school funding systems, the painful situations it…