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Frontline Education and Wagestream Announce Industry-first

Malvern, Dad. and Washington, DC, Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Frontline Education, a leading provider of administration software designed specifically for primary and secondary educators, and Wagestream, the provider of financial wellness, today announced an exclusive partnership that will enable K-12 school districts to attract, engage and retain top talent to achieve their educational mission by providing financial welfare benefits and flexible access to earned wages. The partnership is the first of its kind in K-12 education and will, in effect, give employees greater flexibility regarding when they get paid, provide financial autonomy to essential employees and help solve the staff shortage.

In order to directly address the national replacement shortage, the solution will first be offered to replacement teachers and considered as an optional benefit. The partnership then aims to extend the solution to school district employees in an effort to support ongoing K-12 recruitment and retention goals.

“We are steadfast in our commitment to empowering the K-12 community with innovative technology that enables their success, and our partnership with Wagestream is the latest example of how we are delivering on that promise,” said Mark Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer of Primary education. “We are excited to partner with Wagestream and provide K-12 stakeholders with alternative payment options that can ultimately help attract, engage and retain the highest quality faculty and staff to support student outcomes.”

As inflation and rising interest rates continue to affect many people, controlling one’s wages offers a real financial wellness benefit. A subset of replacements across the country have signed up for the pilot phase currently underway. In the coming weeks, Frontline and Wagestream plan to expand the program to school districts.

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Typical pay cycles can delay pay access for several weeks, which can indirectly deter substitutes from accepting positions. With access to the Frontline Mobile App and Wagestream, substitute teachers have secure, reliable and flexible access to their wages, without loans or high interest and without any disruption to the district pay cycle. Substitutes can access their wages earned from Wagestream through the Frontline Absence Management solution including the mobile app.

“Wagestream is a social impact company created to bring better financial wellbeing to frontline workers,” said Anurag Mehta, SVP, Partnerships at Wagestream. “Partnering with Frontline Education is an important step in that mission and helps us bring greater flexibility and choice to hardworking people in K-12 education across the country. We are excited about how closely Frontline, an organization that believes in doing good by doing good, aligns with Wagestream’s social charter and role as a B Corporation in society.”

According to recent research, more than three quarters (77%) of people feel less stressed when they are in control of their own pay cycle, and 72% say they have a better quality of life. Employers see hiring rates that are on average 27% faster when they offer Wagestream as a benefit.

News of the partnership’s innovation follows yesterday’s announcement of the launch of Frontline Human Capital Analytics. Recent product strategies strengthen Frontline’s position as a leader in human capital management solutions that help K-12 leaders manage the employee lifecycle from hiring to retirement.

Additional information regarding the Frontline and Wagestream partnership will be presented today at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) event taking place in Orlando, Florida. Demonstrations are available at booth #311 and #410. Learn more about the partnership and how districts can apply for access here.

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About Wagestream

Wagestream is the financial well-being app, founded by charities, designed for employees and built around pay, making work more inclusive, fairer and more rewarding for a million people – by giving them access to fair financial services based on their pay.

Employees use Wagestream to choose their own pay cycle, manage their budgets, save for a rainy day, chat with a personal money coach and get fairer deals on financial products – all in one app, with no payroll change.

Wagestream is driven by a social charter: every service it provides should measurably improve financial well-being. More than 70% of people who use Wagestream have greater control over their money, leading to a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.

About primary education

Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, connecting student and specialty programs, business operations, and human capital management solutions with powerful analytics to empower educators. Frontline partners with school systems to deliver tools, data, and insights that support greater efficiency and productivity, allowing school leaders to devote more time and resources to executing strategies that drive teacher effectiveness, student success, and district excellence .

Frontline’s broad portfolio includes solutions for proactive hiring and hiring, absence and time management, professional growth, student information systems, special education, special programs, Medicaid reimbursements, school health management, inventory and asset management, payroll, benefits and financial management, and analytics solutions that help district leaders tap into their data to make more informed decisions for the benefit of their students and communities. More than 10,000 customers representing millions of educators, administrators, and support staff partner with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners.

        

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