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 @RebeccaSibilia: Our most recent report highlights a $23 billion racial gap in k-12 funding. Here @npr puts this and other historic ineq…
  • Racial disparities in education starts long before college, as our latest report shows: https://t.co/7QpIaHcwV7 https://t.co/f7Qz1JvKBT
  • This education story might not have yachts or an Amazon sponsorship, but it does involve...systemic injustice at th… https://t.co/ab0XCd1TWo
  • RT @RBReich: Worse than the college bribery scandal: School districts that are predominantly white get $23 billion more funding each year t…
  • RT @7im: I wish this story got the same coverage as the college cheating. Its a bigger scandal: https://t.co/hR6t1G671s
  • RT @jeffraikes: This report from @EdBuild shows that our education system is built to help affluent students while students of color and lo…
  • RT @WK_Kellogg_Fdn: There’s a $23 billion funding gap between white and nonwhite school districts nationwide. How do #RacialDisparities aff…
  • If anyone needed an indication of how difficult school finance reform is: The Idaho House Education Committee refus… https://t.co/J7MrqsET7P
  • Our long history of segregation has left us with borders that segregate and disadvantage nonwhite communities on ev… https://t.co/79nmChFalc
  • Sixty years since Brown, the majority of students still attend mostly white or nonwhite districts. Decades after sc… https://t.co/IJBAvadEdj
  • RT @LASchoolReport: School districts serving mostly nonwhite students get $23B less each year than those serving predominantly white popula…
  • RT @EdProgress: FYI: “$23 billion. According to @EdBuild, that's how much more funding predominantly white school districts receive compare…
  • RT @WK_Kellogg_Fdn: In @EdBuild’s latest report, high-poverty districts serving mostly students of color receive about $1,600 less per stud…
  • That works out to mostly nonwhite districts getting $2,226 per student—and *$44,000* per classroom—less than white… https://t.co/nwLoFPxxed
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: This fantastic @MPRnews piece begins just one conversation that we had hoped our report would spark about what we consi…
  • Ten million students live in mostly nonwhite districts in states where funding policies disadvantage them. https://t.co/7QpIaHcwV7
  • RT @EdDiveK12: Districts with mostly nonwhite students get $23B less in state and local spending — $2,226 less per student — each year tha…
  • Important piece on Oklahoma's persistent school funding disparities along both racial and socioeconomic lines from… https://t.co/5Hjiz4mlPY
  • Don't miss this terrific @MPRnews convo with @UMN_olpd's Nicola Alexander on Minnesota's school funding system, our… https://t.co/h5c7HlEzbo
  • RT @DRKFoundation: WATCH: Founder & CEO of grantee @EdBuild, @RebeccaSibilia discusses their new study that shows nationwide, school distri…