ERIC Number: ED332321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Expenditure Patterns in a Region of Ontario: 1980-1988.
Mawhinney, Hanne B.
A case-cluster study of trends in elementary level educational expenditures in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton during 1980-88 is presented in this report. The following issues are addressed: (1) the amount spent by school boards, with a focus on per pupil expenditures in "real" dollars; (2) what these funds are spent on; and (3) reasons for variations in expenditures by different school boards and over time. Four school boards categorized as urban/suburban and public/separate form the cluster of cases. Findings indicate a declining level of provincial government support for education, and an increase in regional and provincial expenditures per pupil during the years of study. Expenditures for instruction accounted for the majority of these expenditures and were influenced by salaries and teacher/student ratios. Enrollment and the provincial grant plan influenced school board spending. Two trends were identified: a shift from urban to suburban schools and a movement from public to separate schools. Finally, the study confirmed a number of inequities arising as a result of differences in the assessment bases of school boards. Twelve tables and 12 figures are included. (48 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ontario (Ottawa)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 1990).