ERIC Number: ED339108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Economies of Scale and Smallness Policy in School Organization: Comparisons of New York State's Smallest K-12 Districts.
Wiles, David K.
The effects of state educational consolidation policies and decentralizing curriculum reform initiatives on small school districts in New York are examined in this paper, with a focus on identifying patterns of environmental "embeddedness" that may include or exclude small districts from state equalization aid. Methodology involved multiple regression analysis of 205 state-defined small jurisdictions and second-order analysis of 170 nonmetropolitan small central school districts. The relationships of two dependent variables--pupil enrollment in grades K-12 and college-bound academic productivity--with selected district economic indices and secondary curriculum/pupil characteristics, respectively, were explored. Findings indicate little systematic connection of the economic allocation formats of fiscal year 1990 to any previous small school district/nonmetropolitan county discussions, raising the question of whether emerging political meanings of state aid allocation and episodic emergency reductions nullify such systematic thinking. A policy recommendation is made to consider the "nested" meaning of select districts within the nonmetropolitan level that are juxtaposed to both city and small city school districts. Appendices include statistical tables and nonmetropolitan demographics. (15 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York; Small School Districts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 1991).