September 15, 2023

Contact: Siobhán McMahon
866.682.2729 x7076
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Ashburn, VA – In a joint endeavor to deliver additional high-quality, targeted professional development to enhance the financial and leadership skills of school business professionals, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is announcing a new educational partnership with Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy as a part of its University Alliance Program.

Through this collaboration, ASBO International members can enroll in select educational courses at a significantly reduced rate, including Edunomics Lab’s Certificate in Education Finance (CEF) and Wild Ride Ahead: A Workshop on Finances Post ESSER. School business professionals can also apply educational credits earned from these programs towards recertification of ASBO International’s Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®).

The CEF is an interdisciplinary program combining school finance, economics, and leadership with public policy and administration, which helps participants build fluency in how management decisions, wide-ranging policies, and resource allocation intersect to impact student success across multiple contexts, including their own. The Wild Ride Ahead workshop helps participants consider how to weigh budget and spending tradeoffs, invest sustainably and transparently, enhance equity, and build community trust in school finance issues, rooted in the context of the end of pandemic relief funding.

Collectively, these programs help school finance leaders think more strategically about budgeting and spending decisions, identify ways to improve financial sustainability and resource equity, and enhance how they lead their school communities. This educational partnership will allow both organizations to support the evolving needs of school district leaders more effectively in an ever-changing educational and fiscal landscape.

"We are delighted to work with the Edunomics Lab team on providing relevant professional development for our members, whether by helping them meet short-term goals like navigating the ESSER fiscal cliff or devising long-term strategies to allocate resources more equitably to support students,” says Siobhán McMahon, CAE, ASBO International’s Interim Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer.

“We approach school finance differently, more strategically,” says Dr. Marguerite Roza, Edunomics Lab Director and Research Professor at Georgetown. “The goal is to help build the capacity of leaders to make and communicate spending decisions that do the most for their students, support the district’s long-term fiscal health, and strengthen trust with their school communities.”

Registration for the next CEF cohort and the Wild Ride Ahead workshop are currently open. The CEF includes an in-person residency (with options to attend in Pittsburgh, PA on November 8–9, 2023, or Las Vegas, NV on January 18–20, 2024), followed by virtual sessions in January and February 2024. The Wild Ride Ahead workshop is an online event with four virtual sessions on September 28–29 and October 5–6, 2023. Learn more at


About ASBO International
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) provides programs, resources, services, and a global network to school business professionals who are the finance and operations decision makers in school systems. Our members manage school budgeting, purchasing, facility operations and maintenance, human resources, technology, transportation, food service, healthcare, and other areas of education administration and operations. ASBO International promotes the highest standards of school business management, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.

About Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University
Edunomics Lab is a Georgetown University research center dedicated to exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions to inform policy and practice. Established in 2012 at the McCourt School of Public Policy, the center is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of education finance. The center tracks public funds through the system to the school level to examine various policy decisions and their effects on the allocation of resources across students, schools, and services. Edunomics Lab develops strategic financial leadership in the education sector through its one-of-a-kind Certificate in Education Finance.