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ERIC Number: ED204063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-30
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Financing Rural Schools.
Edington, Gwen
In order to determine similarities and differences in funding programs for rural United States schools, data published in the ERIC/CRESS publication entitled "Special Funding for Small and/or Isolated Rural Schools" was analyzed. Twenty-five of the 49 states for which data were collected have no special funding provisions for small and/or isolated rural schools. Of the 24 states that do provide special funding, 13 are Western states which have greater distances and less population density. Except for California, where different requirements are used, the 24 states use at least one of the following 5 factors to determine funding eligibility: pupil enrollment (16 states); isolation (13 states); number of teachers (6 states); population sparcity (3 states); and local financial effort (2 states). In general, the 24 states distribute financial assistance using one or more of 3 methods: added weighting for basic support (14 states); size adjustments (8 states); and minimum support levels (6 states). The methods of determining program eligibility and providing funds to rural districts are unique for each state and are often very complicated. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States