Navigating the Politics of Equity-Based Budgeting

~45 minutes

In this simulation, you will play the role of superintendent in a traditionally well-regarded district that is experiencing significant population shifts with a host of changing needs. Your challenge is to work with a variety of stakeholders to develop and pass a budget that will provide funding in an equitable manner. This will call for a different process than that which has been used in the past - it is a significant change that must be managed.

Key characters include board members with individual agendas, cabinet team with different priorities, community leaders focused on disparate issues
Trade-offs to consider:

  • Facilitating discussion and exchange of ideas in balance with directing toward what you believe to be the optimal path
  • Taking action on your own vs. managing dialogue among stakeholders

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