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
Jersey City, NJ
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.

  • States cannot spend their way out of local inequality in school funding. We need a better solution: https://t.co/DE7LQYK8MB via @EdBuild
  • EdBuild has closed but its work lives on at https://t.co/8iZKDbRlwO.
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: Just a reminder that @EdBuild is closing our doors tomorrow. More thoughts TK but may be worth taking another look at o…
  • School district borders often don’t make much sense, but the map we have is no accident. Changing that means changi… https://t.co/Z6TQJ4ERV6
  • Students have a right to an equal education under their states’ constitutions, but too often school district border… https://t.co/pHFOqKjvg1
  • Clear and accessible data visualizations should be available to everyone. That’s why we've released our Data Dashbo… https://t.co/FUfTBfHd0m
  • School district borders can change—secession efforts like Gardendale showed us that. But what if school district bo… https://t.co/9Qb5LvTaZt
  • School district borders are not natural boundaries. They are political boundaries that have changed dramatically ov… https://t.co/WKJzAHjl4l
  • Over the past five years, EdBuild has advised states around the country on how to improve their school funding poli… https://t.co/0NS4O7oTSj
  • RT @EdProgress: Also from @EdBuild, there is a $23 billion gap between majority white and majority non-white districts, despite the fact th…
  • RT @EdProgress: From @EdBuild: school succession and fractured districts contribute to huge racial and socioeconomic inequality within stat…
  • Visualize data like an EdBuilder with our Data Dashboard. https://t.co/ldBqhhCZIP
  • Students have a right to an equal education under their states’ constitutions, but too often, school district borde… https://t.co/YtQOM8a0ob
  • School district borders are not natural boundaries. They are political boundaries that have changed dramatically ov… https://t.co/JCztsQAjvv
  • Over the past five years, EdBuild has advised states around the country on how to improve their school funding poli… https://t.co/2vGpL4HZ9J
  • Education policy is complicated, but it’s a lot easier when you can easily analyze and visualize important data wit… https://t.co/mb0eW1nQf3
  • Our school district borders often worsen inequities, because they weren’t drawn with the needs of students in mind.… https://t.co/OlN3gmuNcr
  • Could you reform your state’s school funding system? Try your hand with EdBuilder. https://t.co/qvXe5GrQUD
  • Education data should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re releasing our Data Dashboard, which allows users… https://t.co/xPlJf4MlFF
  • RT @ZahavaStadler: If you've ever read something by @EdBuild, you probably know that current school district borders are a huge problem for…