Investors take note: Business intelligence that relies on a district’s budget and fiscal data will become a fast-growing K-12 market in the next five years. Today, that may not be the case; just brandishing the title of Chief Financial Officer at a conference tends to ward people off. There are few who relish discussions about ledger-transfers and the complexity of central versus school level per-pupil expenditures.
The problem is not that these conversations are dry. (They are.) It’s that most conversations about a school’s expenses don’t sync up to what’s happening in the classroom—the instruction, materials, and tools that shape the educational experience for teachers and students.