ERIC Number: ED123721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-22
Reference Count: 0
Additional Financial Resources for Education.
Hubbard, Ben C.
This paper discusses the continuing need for additional educational funds and suggests that the only way to gain these funds is through concerted and persistent political efforts by supporters of education at both the federal and state levels. The author first points out that for many reasons declining enrollment may not decrease operating costs in a school district. This fact, plus the additional impact of inflation and new government-mandated requirements for schools, ensures that additional financial resources will be needed to support education even as enrollment declines. Declining enrollment, however, will make it increasingly difficult to win more money for education in the political arena. In the long run, the author argues, the federal government is the best source for additional funds, but in the short run most school support money will have to come from the state and local level. This will probably require new taxes, but the time to convince legislators of the need for increased educational funding is before a new tax is enacted; by the time a new tax is enacted, it is usually already committed. Long continuous education of legislators will not guarantee success, but lack of it will guarantee failure. (JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (108th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 20-23, 1976)