ERIC Number: ED176368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Cost of Education Index: Some Empirical Estimates and Policy Issues.
Chambers, Jay G.
This paper outlines an approach for adjusting state aid for differences in educational costs. The approach focuses on determinants of the variation in the prices of school inputs such as cost of heating fuel, ability of the area to attract teachers, and needs for student transportation. The system attempts to isolate that component of the variation in input prices that is outside the control of local school districts. In addition to outlining this alternative approach, the paper reports on the empirical results of applying the approach to California school districts, and it presents a discussion of the uses and potential misuses of a cost of education index, the effects of bargaining on the estimates of the cost index, and the relation of teacher seniority costs to education cost differences. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Center for Educational Research at Stanford.
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