ERIC Number: ED167613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Budget Reductions on Program Evaluation in a Large Urban School System: Providing Services Beyond Resources.
Raivetz, Mark J.
To examine Philadelphia's 1977 school budget crisis, a chronology of events--from receipt of the proposed budget to final court approval--is listed. Many parties were involved within the school district and in the community. Frequently, one or more parties blamed other parties for creating the problem. Directors of each of the five service components in Philadelphia's Office of Research and Evaluation prepared statements detailing the impact of budget restrictions, particularly staff layoff, on their respective divisions. The five components are: administrative and survey research, testing, federal evaluation, priority operations, and instructional research and development. Directors reported that the main effects of the budget crisis were low morale, unfulfilled potential, and interruption of program evaluations and report production. Recognizing that the budget crisis is a perennial problem, the Small Project Assessment Service was initiated to provide directors of projects with limited funds and with technical expertise from the Office of Research and Evaluation. While the Service needs some revision, the concept is a good one--especially in financially troubled times. (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Philadelphia School District PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)