ERIC Number: ED033879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Achieving Nationwide Educational Excellence. A Ten-Year Plan to Save the Schools.
Keyserling, Leon H.
This document reports the results of a study commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers to examine the needs of the public schools during the decade ahead, and to propose a plan by which federal, state, and local resources can be marshalled to meet these needs. The essential aim of the proposed plan is "to achieve by 1977 an average level of public-school performance in every state at least equal to a nationwide minimum standard of equalized excellence." The seven quantitatively defined goals ("minimum standards of excellence") which the report identifies and analyzes are based on data compiled at the state and/or regional level. They relate to the areas of (1) per-pupil outlays; (2) student enrollment, (3) teacher-pupil ratio; (4) teachers' salaries; (5) nonteaching instructional staff; (6) noninstructional current outlays; and (7) available supply of classrooms. The proposed 10-year plan is based on the principles of cost analysis and on a recommended formula for cost-sharing--a formula which recognizes and provides for the unequal distribution of economic and financial capabilities among regions and states. Underlying the presentation is the recognition that the first and most essential step is federal legislation which would reflect a reordering of national priorities and a commitment of the nation and people at large to achieving the goal of adequate education in the public schools. (JS)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Economic Research, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Equalization Aid, Federal State Relationship, National Programs, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Districts
Conference on Economic Progress, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00)
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Sponsor: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Conference on Economic Progress, Washington, DC.