ERIC Number: ED249632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Selling School Budgets in Hard Times. Fastback 215.
Financial planning for education is a difficult task as schools struggle for a share of diminishing tax resources. The presentation of school budgets for voter approval must be done as effectively as possible. When presenting budgets, administrators should take into account that the public has a low tolerance for detail, budgets are boring, a well informed public is more positive, presentation materials should be attractive and brief, support groups are needed, and the media should be used wisely. The most important component of the process is the presentation of the budget support material. Fifteen suggestions for presenting budget proposals to the public are provided. The printed budget should be attractive, be self-explanatory, answer the public's questions, use graphics and easily understood tables, and use clear uncluttered prose. The author provides an example of a "bird's eye" budget that is easy to read, understandable, and inexpensively produced. A checklist for assessing a school's budget presentation is provided. Selling budgets in difficult times is hard work that takes careful planning and thorough understanding of demographics, social climate, and financial capabilities. (MD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, Educational Finance, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Financial Needs, Politics of Education, Program Development, Property Taxes, Public Relations, Public Support, Retrenchment, School Budget Elections, School Community Relationship, School Personnel, Scores, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio
Publication Sales, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Eighth Street & Union Avenue, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($.75).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.