ERIC Number: ED197445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrolments and the Financing of Education in Ontario.
Cameron, David M.
This paper seeks a plan for financing education in Ontario that minimizes the disruptive effects of declining enrollment and changing enrollment patterns, is sensitive to the limitation of resources, and provides clear channels of authority and responsibility between citizen and policy maker. The author considers the alternatives for placing the locus of policy-making authority, the sources of funding, and the question of whether taxing and spending of public funds should be fused or separated. He concludes that a new structure for the governance and financing of education is necessary and favors a plan in which local boards would be replaced by educational councils with specific powers delegated by the province. These councils would not have the power to tax and they would be identified with the operation of specific schools. The author also recommends discarding the grant plan that currently governs financing and suggests that education be funded out of the province's general revenues. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, Foreign Countries, Full State Funding, Governance, Retrenchment, School Support, School Taxes, State Aid, State School District Relationship
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01523/CODE00320; $.50 microfiche).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Note: For related documents, see EA 013 260-308.