ERIC Number: ED176366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Maintaining Quality Education in the Face of Declining Resources. Briefings in Educational Issues Number 2.
Wendel, Frederick C., Ed.
Focusing on the conditions brought about by declining enrollment and resources, this book presents problems and suggests possible ways of dealing with them. Chapter 1 lists social forces that have long-term implications for maintenance of quality education. The second chapter applies the concept "smaller is better" to education. Several planning models and strategies for determining alternative solutions make up the third chapter. A rational model for reviewing curriculum offerings and programs is presented in Chapter 4. In Chapter 5, critical issues related to student activity programs are reviewed. The next chapter presents practical techniques for reducing costs through budget review. A brief summary of an earlier publication on the policies and procedures for dealing with reduction in force (RIF) is given in Chapter 7. Chapter 8 explores programming, staffing, and other issues related to special education. The last chapter, aimed at school board members and administrators, presents the implications of declining enrollments, school closings, reorganization, and consolidation. The main thesis of the report is that school leaders can maintain quality education only if they utilize extensive planning, community involvement, priority setting, close examination of expenditures, and sound management practices. An extensive annotated bibliography compiled from an ERIC search is included. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Community Involvement, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Declining Enrollment, Educational Programs, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Handicapped Students, Long Range Planning, Program Budgeting, Program Development, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment, School Size, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
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