ERIC Number: ED335751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-19
Reference Count: 0
Fiscal Strain in Pennsylvania's School Districts. PEPS Policy Paper Series Number 8.
Cooley, William W.
To identify 5-year trends in revenues and expenditures for Pennsylvania's 500 school districts and to show how fiscal trends interact with changes in variables such as student enrollment, statewide school financial data from 1984-85 through 1988-89 are analyzed. The figures indicated that financial trends include increases in total district expenditures, expenditures per pupil, state and local revenues, and teachers' salaries. A decrease in the pupil/teacher ratio was also evident. Variances between the richer and poorer districts show that state funding and local revenues have increased more for the richer districts even though they have decreased their local tax efforts whereas the poorer districts have increased their local tax rates. Although changes in expenditures such as transportation costs were unrelated to changes in student enrollment, regular program expenditures, such as the number of teachers, were highly related. Seven figures and four tables are provided to help illustrate financial trends. (EJS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.