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ERIC Number: ED165227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Dec-12
Pages: 85
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of the Boston School System's Budgetary Process.
Polinsky, Jeffrey
This study tried to determine if the new methods of budgeting and new organization instituted by the Boston School System in 1976 appeared to be effective in bringing runaway spending under control. Data were gathered through interviews with school department personnel, consultants, personnel in agencies responsible for school monitoring, and members of public interest groups. Budget and enrollment figures since 1962 were gathered. Formulation and approval of the budget were analyzed and an operations analysis of the effectiveness of the school department and old and new budget systems was done. Findings indicate basic weaknesses in the previous formulation of the school budget but that the new cost-centered system promises significant improvement. Deficit spending is the fault of factors outside the control of the school system. Special education and bilingual education account for some budget increases. The costs of desegregation, often cited as causing school budget inflation, are less significant than previously thought. The collective bargaining system also causes budget inflation. At the roots of the school system's problems are past Boston School Committees with little expertise or responsiveness to the public, although this situation promises to improve. Administrator roles need to be clarified and the level of administrator expertise improved. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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