ERIC Number: ED256020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
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Managing School Districts in a Decade of Decline.
Hathaway, Walter E.
Due to enrollment decline, reductions in federal support, and declining state support because of a constricted economy, growing inflation, expanding government and legal requirements, and the loss of public confidence in education, the Portland School District (Oregon) developed a short-term contingency budget planning process in fiscal 1980-81 to deal with threatened but uncertain revenue shortfall. This paper describes this process and explores five long-term creative approaches to reducing the cost of schooling without impeding progress toward a more equitable and effective educational system. These approaches include (1) increased self-directed learning for students; (2) development of an extensive work experience program; (3) setting minimum requirements for effort and performance of students beyond the eighth (and possibly the sixth) grade to justify public expenditure for their education; (4) extended cooperative relations of school systems with community colleges and universities; and (5) more extensive relations with cultural institutions, service agencies, businesses, and individuals who are potential educational resources. References are included, along with two foldout budget-reduction charts. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
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