ERIC Number: ED130450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrollment: Current Trends in School Policies & Programs.
National School Public Relations Association, Arlington, VA.
Declines in student population are a fact of life in most of the nation's school districts. With the declines come unprecedented challenges and opportunities; sensitive community relations problems involved with school closings; costs that continue to rise despite the decline in student numbers; the need for staff reductions; the need for comprehensive advance planning involving both staff members and the community; lower teacher-student ratios and more room available for educational alternatives. Based on a nationwide survey of school districts, the report includes guidelines for making accurate enrollment projections; involving the staff, students, and community in planning and finding solutions; using alternatives such as magnet schools and clusters to help defuse the often emotionally charged atmosphere; and developing and maintaining a good public information program. The report features five case studies of districts that have met and solved their first rounds with declining enrollment. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Board of Education Policy, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Decision Making, Declining Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Job Layoff, Program Descriptions, Reduction in Force, School Buildings, School Closing, Space Utilization
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Public Relations Association, Arlington, VA.