ERIC Number: ED250821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Fund Raising and Fee Collection Practices in Tennessee Public Schools.
Peach, Larry E.; Reddick, Thomas L.
Most school systems in Tennessee raise additional revenue for instructional and extracurricular activities through fund raising projects and voluntary student fee collections. Responses to a questionnaire by 129 principals (from a sample of 15) were analyzed to determine the extent, diversity, and results of fund raising activities and fee collections. Approximately 90 percent of the responding principals indicated that fund raising was practiced in their schools. The most popular fund raising activity reported was student picture sales (87 percent), followed by sweets sales, carnivals, and entertainment. Academic programs receive 65 percent of the funds and extracurricular programs 35 percent. The amount of funds collected ranged from $5,000 to $100,000 annually, with the average of $25,000. Eliminating fund raising activities and increasing taxes were favored by 84 percent of the principals. However, local property taxes would need to be increased by almost 14 percent to compensate for lost revenue should fund raising and fee collection be eliminated. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville. Dept. of Administration, Supervision and Curriculum.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 1984). Portions of text may reproduce poorly due to faint print.