ERIC Number: ED172398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Declining Enrollments: National Problem--Local Response.
Hess, Fritz; And Others
American schools, after two decades of expansion, are now in the midst of an enrollment decline and inflation. The impact of the shift from growth to retrenchment and streamlining has been severe. An effective approach to this situation requires an understanding of the new conditions and of available alternatives for action. An overview of the changes in the educational system demands a thoroughgoing investigation of the situations that exist at the national, state, and community levels. The present study treats both national and local aspects of the situation. Data concerning the demographic dimensions of enrollment decline are examined. This is followed by a treatment of the impact of decreased enrollment on various aspects of public education including students, community members, school personnel and the physical and economic dimensions. Since the pattern of declining enrollment in many cases points to reallocation of space and closing of structures, the response to decline must come to grips with the human aspects of this process. One system in which reorganization has met with notable success is the East Syracuse-Minoa district of upstate New York. The planning that preceded the reorganization and the process itself are explained in detail. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Collective Bargaining, Cost Effectiveness, Declining Enrollment, Demography, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Expenditure per Student, Migration Patterns, Prediction, Program Descriptions, Reduction in Force, School Closing, School Community Relationship, School Organization, Space Utilization, State Aid, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Syracuse - Minoa Central Schools, East Syracuse, NY.