A User's Guide to

Peer Assistance and Review

  • What is PAR?
  • Costs and benefits of PAR
  • Designing your PAR project
  • Labor-management relations
  • Practical issues and advice

How do districts pay for PAR?

For the PAR program to be sustained, it must have consistent and stable funding. Most of the districts we studied paid for PAR from their local operating budget. This arrangement allows the district to start the program without waiting for external assistance, but it also means that the program’s funding can change unpredictably from year-to-year. For example, in Cincinnati, where local revenues fund the program, the district feared that a tax levy might fail and force cutbacks in PAR. However the levy passed and the program was maintained.

“You need to secure funding. We’re in a position where we pretty much can predict the funding from year to year. We know what we can support. . . . I think it would be devastating to the program if we had to scrape every year to see if we could cover our expenses.”

San Juan Panel member

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Given the costs of PAR, though, most districts combine local funds with support from state or federal grants. Rochester uses both federal Title I and state mentoring dollars to support its program. In San Juan, state support of PAR programs enabled the district to start its program. San Juan also relies on funding from federal Title II, Part A and state money.