ERIC Number: ED091831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities for Excellence. Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations of a Survey of Illinois School District Organization. Final Report of the Committee on School Organization.
Governor's Commission on Schools, Springfield, IL.
This report contains a history of school district organization in Illinois, a statistical profile of Illinois education today, a survey of selected districts offering quality education, and an agenda for change. Findings indicate that, of the measurable factors affecting the quality of local educational opportunity, district size is most critical. Districts of minimal size are generally inadequate to the task of providing the broad range of educational programs and services demanded of today's schools. Overly small teacher-pupil ratios, limited facilities, and disproportionate administrative costs cause operating costs per pupil in small districts to run higher than those in larger districts. The unequal distribution of local school revenue resources is a second serious problem in Illinois. The quality of educational programs, services, and personnel offered by both the sample's dual and unit districts ranged from very limited to comprehensive in scope. The appendix contains detailed enrollment and finance data for Illinois school districts by county. (Author/DN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Commission on Schools, Springfield, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois