[Infographic] Tips for Affordable Care Act Reporting Success in K-12

October 28, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has many implications for K-12 financial and human resource staff. Here are some tips and guidelines your school can use to set up for fulfilling the new reporting requirements.

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Topics: Resources, efinanceplus, infographic, Best Practices, businessplus

How the Affordable Care Act Affects K-12 Data Collection

September 1, 2015

By Dennis Pierce
A key aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with important implications for school districts, is that it expands health insurance coverage by changing the definition of a “full-time employee” to someone who works at least 30 hours per week instead of 40.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, efinanceplus, Best Practices, Dennis Pierce, businessplus

Best Practices in EEO Reporting

December 19, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires school districts to submit periodic EEO reports to closely monitor employment workforce data. For Human Resources (HR) managers, it is important to recruit, hire, and promote with EEO principles in mind and to self-assess policies and practices on an ongoing basis. While hiring directors have a legal obligation to provide the data, EEO reporting policies simultaneously play a pivotal role in improving diversity in staff recruitment and strengthening retention strategies. While it is integral for school districts to adhere to EEO regulations, the EEOC Best Practices Task Force understands that pursuing diversity and EEO policies is often a complex task. The Task Force advocates the SPLENDID method for ensuring smooth EEO reporting. The acronym “SPLENDID” stands for the following sequence of actions that HR leaders can take to implement best practices for EEO principles:

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Best Practices in Personnel Budgeting

November 17, 2014

The educational system is a rewarding industry in which to work, as teachers provide students with the tools and knowledge to succeed in their future careers.

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Technology’s Promise: Management Systems for Improving Success in Schools

November 6, 2014

A June 2014 report, The Promise of Education Information Systems, by the Center for American Progress suggests that by embracing big data and management technology, K-12 schools can raise student achievement and reduce costs.

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Topics: businessplus

Insights for Transparent Budgeting from ASBO Meritorious Budget Award Winners

August 12, 2014

Recently, seven SunGard K-12 Education customers were recognized for the 15th consecutive year with the prestigious ASBO Meritorious Budget Award. The districts are among a select group of 25 that continue to consistently demonstrate excellence in school budgets and that are setting a high standard for transparent budget development.

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Three Summer Warehousing Best Practices for School Districts

July 30, 2014

Improving a warehousing operation is a complex endeavor that can be approached from any number of angles. Here are three ways you can improve your daily warehousing operations:

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10 Quick Tips for Managing Vendors

July 21, 2014

Purchasing directors are tasked with the responsibility of connecting district staff with professional, efficient, and cost-effective vendors to support their school district’s requirements. To locate the highest quality goods and services for your schools at competitive prices, here are 10 quick tips for managing vendors in your school district:

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Four Tips for Supporting Employee Retention

July 15, 2014

You may have already achieved your goal of hiring exceptional talent, but don’t forget about them as soon as they walk in the door. This all-new SunGard K-12 Education feature sheet, You’ve Found Exceptional Talent: Now Help them Soar, highlights four tips for helping new employees take flight and supporting employee retention.

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Topics: efinanceplus, PAsuccess, businessplus

ISTE 2014 Update: Google Hangouts for Educators

June 29, 2014

During the ISTE 2014 session, Google+ Hangouts: Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity in One Spot, Kyle Pace—an instructional technology specialist at Lee’s Summit School District, a BusinessPLUS customer in Missouri—and Erin Klein, a second-grade teacher and author, shared ideas for integrating Google+ Hangouts into the classroom to get students connecting, collaborating, and creating.

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Topics: education, businessplus, K-12