ERIC Number: ED209756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of County Commissioners in Twenty Counties in Middle Tennessee Concerning Public School Financial Issues.
Reddick, Thomas L.; Peach, Larry E.
In a survey of 96 county commissioners in 20 central Tennessee counties--a state where county commissioners determine the funds available for local public school systems--researchers used a seven-item questionnaire to elicit commissioners' attitudes on issues of public educational finance. The survey asked about local educational expenditures, methods of generating educational revenues, sources of educational income, and the adequacy of available funding for education. Analysis using a chi-square test for statistical significance indicated that the commissioners support additional local funding for educational expenditures pertaining to instruction, discipline, and auxiliary services, but not for sports, extracurricular activities, or teachers' cost-of-living raises. They oppose giving school boards the power to levy taxes; prefer using state and local sales taxes to raise educational revenues; and believe the primary source of public educational funding should be the state government. A copy of the survey questionnaire is attached to the report. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (10th, Lexington, KY, November 11, 1981).