Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Principles and Policies
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) was facing declining enrollment, declining revenues, and aging facilities. TCAPS realized that it needed to make smart investments to reach its student achievement goals, given the serious financial pressures it faced. TCAPS translated the ideas behind Smarter School Spending into a series of principles that supported better decision-making. The principles help lead TCAPS to conduct a rigorous yearlong pilot test to select the most cost-effective new math curriculum and to make hard decisions about whether to close low-enrollment schools. In addition to producing higher quality decisions, the principles helped generate a high degree of support for the decisions and for TCAPS’ continued progress on the Smarter School Spending journey.