ERIC Number: ED200342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Special Funding for Small and/or Isolated Rural Schools.
Wright, Lyle O.
Chief state school officers in all 50 states were surveyed to gather information regarding the various states' funding arrangements for small and/or isolated rural schools and to develop a financial planning tool for use by state legislators and boards of education. Data were gathered from every state except Hawaii. Twenty-eight states had some arrangement for special funding for isolated rural and/or small schools. Although the plans were diverse, they usually addressed program eligibility and assistance mechanisms. Among eligibility factors, enrollment levels were a key element of the program in 16 states. Six states considered number of teachers or instructional units, six focused on population density, nine looked at isolation from other schools, and two addressed the rural district's minimum financial contribution. Despite great variety, assistance mechanisms in the 28 states generally fell into three categories: added weightings to the basic support formula (13 states); minimum support levels (5 states); and size adjustments and special payments (6 states). Completing the study is a detailed explanation of each state's funding arrangement. Definitions, statutes, and formulas are included to describe eligibility considerations and assistance mechanisms. (SB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, National Surveys, Rural Schools, School Districts, Small Schools, State Aid, State Boards of Education, State School District Relationship
ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003 ($8.35).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.; Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers: United States