ERIC Number: ED229588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Consolidation of Elementary and Secondary Districts into Unit Districts in Illinois upon Equity Goals in That State.
Hinrichs, William L.; And Others
A study assessed the effect of theoretically consolidating elementary and secondary districts into unit districts in Illinois to achieve financial equity goals in that state. More specifically, the study was designed to develop a procedure for the theoretical formation of pseudo-unit school districts in Illinois using existing unit districts together with the newly created pseudo-unit districts as the database. In the study, the dual districts were abolished and the state was treated as if it were comprised entirely of unit districts. This was done by merging all elementary districts into the overlying secondary districts, thus reducing the number of school districts in Illinois to less than 600. This type of analysis indicates that the state as a whole could make progress toward financial equity goals by abolishing dual districts. Less variation would exist in expenditures per pupil and less dependence of expenditures per pupil upon local district wealth if Illinois consisted only of unit districts. However, even such a consolidation effort would not reverse the slide away from financial equity goals that has been documented since the mid-1970s. Only an increase in state support can help stop and eventually reverse this slide. (MN)
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Educational Administration, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Feasibility Studies, Program Effectiveness, Rezoning, School District Reorganization, School Districts, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Center for the Study of Educational Finance, 331 De Garmo Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois School Problems Commission, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Center for the Study of Educational Finance.