Allovue and Pivot Learning Partner to Improve Strategic Budgeting Processes for School Districts

March 1, 2016

Baltimore, MD – Today, Allovue, a growing force in education technology, and Pivot Learning, a California-based education professional services leader, announced a partnership to revolutionize strategic budgeting and goal-tracking for school districts.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allovue and Pivot are working with pilot districts in California to automate their financial data with Allovue’s Balance platform and improve their financial management practices in ways that should support their strategic budgeting and Local Control Accountability Plan development.

Through this project, Pivot Learning and Allovue are examining the practical challenges facing districts as they develop their the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) — California’s required process for identifying goals, evaluating progress for student subgroups and aligning their budgets. Allovue and Pivot will use these learnings to support the potential development of a next-generation user-friendly tool to streamline the LCAP and strategic budgeting process. The LCAP is part of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), a new finance system enacted in 2013 to determine how resources are allocated to school districts.

While this project initially will be focused on streamlining California budgeting processes associated with LCAP and LCFF, the work has broader potential for improving strategic budgeting in school districts across the country.

“Through our partnership with Pivot Learning, we’ll develop new technology solutions to elevate strategic budgeting processes, not just for state reporting, but to truly help districts understand the correlations between spending and outcomes,” said Jess Gartner, CEO & Founder of Allovue.

“Allovue’s technology and keen understanding of the issues school districts face allow us to use statewide standards as an opportunity for school districts to reframe strategic budgeting toward school improvement, rather than simply meeting reporting standards. We couldn’t be more pleased to have such a pioneering partner in this effort,” said Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning.

About Allovue

Allovue is an education resource-planning platform for K-12 schools and districts that empowers administrators at every level to allocate resources to best support the needs of students. The Allovue platform integrates with existing backend financial data systems to help district officials, principals, and other school administrators to visualize, analyze, and optimize the impact of spending on outcomes in education.

About Pivot Learning Partners

Founded in 1995, Pivot Learning Partners is a nonprofit organization of K-12 education experts working shoulder-to-shoulder with schools, districts and charters to address their biggest challenges. We partner directly with more than 100 school districts, reaching over half the counties in the California and impacting the practice of thousands of educators to ultimately reach more than 1,000,000 students or 17% of students in the state. Our partners primarily serve heavy concentrations of high-need students, of whom 58 percent live in poverty, 79 percent are children of color, and 57 percent are non-native English speakers.