ERIC Number: ED078518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The High Cost of Education in Cities: An Analysis of the Purchasing Power of the Educational Dollar.
Levin, Betsy; And Others
This report examines alternatives to traditional methods of public school finance, analyzes differences in operating expenditures and capital costs between urban and rural school districts, and points out the special fiscal burdens of cities. Seven States -- Delaware, North Carolina, Washington, California, Michigan, New York, and New Hampshire -- were chosen for study to present a range in the proportion of State aid in school district spending. The authors suggest that, because of cost differences between urban and rural areas, changing the present system of financing education to distribute an equal number of dollars per student to school districts would result in a transfer of money out of the large urban school systems. Instead, the authors suggest some alternative approaches to financing education that would reflect (1) cost differentials in providing equivalent educational services, (2) the concentrations of students who require additional educational services, and (3) the municipal overburden factor. The study does not recommend any one particular approach to school finance, but rather documents the various factors involved and their interrelationships to illuminate the choices open to policymakers. (Author/DN)
Descriptors: Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Case Studies, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Equalization Aid, Expenditure per Student, Financial Problems, Fiscal Capacity, Operating Expenses, Research Reports, Salary Wage Differentials, School District Spending, School Support, State Aid, Urban Schools
Publications Office, The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (Order No. URI-31000, $2.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; New World Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.