Ch. 4 - Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures and Savings (HFR '12)

May 2013

Suzanne Simburg and Marguerite Roza, fiscal analysts at CRPE and the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, lay out the cost savings possible if blended learning were adopted by all U.S. public elementary schools, not just charter schools. Specifically, Simburg and Roza explain how the widespread adoption of a learning lab rotation model in schools could fundamentally change staffing needs and thus costs. According to the authors, such a fundamental reorganization of the way teachers and class time are used could save $10 billion total in labor costs that districts could invest in other uses.

An earlier version of this chapter was originally published as part of the in Crisis: Making Ends Meet Rapid Response brief series.