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.

  • EdBuild may be ending but our #dataviz tools will live on. EdBuildR, our R packages for data analysis and mapping,… https://t.co/XuaPzbN0Ih
  • EdBuild is shutting our doors but not before sharing our tools of the trade. Analyze #schoolfunding data, and make… https://t.co/F9WTnNaJZU
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: Big news guys: you can now be @EdBuild from your own computer! We have two R packages available (open source and free)…
  • ICYMI: We will NOT be holding our conference in Cleveland. Please stay tuned for more information on our alternativ… https://t.co/SnZydCnIIS
  • In light of the current public health situation, we will be cancelling our conference scheduled for April 21-24. Ne… https://t.co/x7cyd70vGZ
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: An email has been sent from me to all of those that have registered. As noted earlier, we plan to uphold our commitmen…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: While we would have loved to celebrate our five years of work with our friends, we have lots of plans to still deliver…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: We have made the painful decision to cancel EdBuild's conference scheduled for April 21-24. As you can imagine, this wa…
  • As an organization based in the NYC area, EdBuild will not be at #AEFP2020. For everyone attending, we are sorry to… https://t.co/HgXPHi2MB8
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: As for our planned conference in April: due to the extraordinary nature of the meeting and our upcoming closure, we are…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: If you registered for our pre-conference training, please email conference@edbuild.org so that we can communicate relat…
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: With heavy hearts, our staff has made the decision to not participate in this year's #aefp2020 conference. As a firm ba…
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  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: Students and teachers in Benton Harbor aren't giving up despite a school funding system that has left them behind. Che…
  • RT @JohnBKing: “School District Borders Can Worsen Inequality. These Students Are Fighting for a Better Education”-powerful piece re: relat…
  • An important thread in @kevincarey1's piece on Benton Harbor: Too often, tax breaks that were meant to help low-inc… https://t.co/kHj0j3zFcm
  • The border between Benton Harbor and its wealthier neighbor St. Joseph was adjusted to allow a luxury development t… https://t.co/kSk9rDZc33
  • In Benton Harbor, decades of deindustrialization, white flight, and lack of state investment have disadvantaged gen… https://t.co/E0nVWpIUeY
  • RT @RebeccaSibilia: This sprawling article by @kevincarey1 for @TIME tells the story of a small school district in Michigan, left behind by…