ERIC Number: ED370159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Costs and Consequences: An Examination of the Potential for Consolidation within the Education System and the Associated Costs. Background Report Prepared for Royal Commission on Education, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Press, Harold L.
Newfoundland's denominational system of education--in which a small number of Christian denominations have the exclusive right to operate all publicly funded schools--has long been criticized for being both discriminatory and costly. This document presents findings of a study that examined the costs associated with Newfoundland's denominational education system and the costs associated with further consolidation. A cost-analysis model (restricted to an analysis of expenditures) compared four different education system models: (1) Model A, a denominational model based on current efficiencies (the status quo model); (2) Model B, a denominational model with a maximum level of school-district consolidation; (3) Model C, a nondenominational model based on the current level of efficiency; and (4) Model D, a nondenominational model with a maximum level of school-district consolidation. Data were obtained from Department of Education databases; expert panels, focus groups, and interviews; a survey of 10 school boards on operating costs; and a survey of 14 school boards on central-office staff costs. Findings show that implementation of Model D would result in a $6.8 million annual reduction from the status quo. Adoption of Model B would generate savings of approximately $21.3 a year; however, it would necessitate cutting teacher salaries and staff positions. A conclusion is that the real issue is one of how much change is best. Twelve figures and 23 tables are included. Contains 34 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Newfoundland and Labrador Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Labrador; Newfoundland