ERIC Number: ED172443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Domain Changes in Response to Budget Reductions: New York City High Schools and the Fiscal Crisis.
Choy, Susan P.
The aim of this research was to examine the response of large public organizations to financial resource reduction not accompanied by decline in the demand for services. The focus was 94 New York City public high schools that received substantial budget cuts in 1975-76 and 1976-77. Effects on mix of services and class structures were studied. All the data used in the study came from two reports published by the New York City Board of Education. Although there was wide variation among the schools, the net effect of the two cuts was proportionately greater cuts in administration and support than in instruction. Also in response to each budget cut, average class size was increased and the number of subjects taken by the pupils decreased. Regression analysis was used to examine the causes of variation in response among schools. The major conclusions were that responses to budget cuts will vary, depending on such factors as the characteristics of the organization and its clients. Results also suggest that methods of resource allocation designed for periods of stable or increasing resources may be inadequate during decline. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education