ERIC Number: ED265657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-31
Public Attitudes toward Education Spending: The Role of Attentiveness to Local Schools.
Miller, Jon D.
This analysis examines the factors associated with a positive attitude toward the funding of local schools. Using data from a 1984 survey of 1,000 Illinois residents, the analysis found that attentiveness to local school issues was the strongest predictor of a positive attitude toward school spending. Suburban residents were less likely to be concerned about the level of school funding than were other Illinois residents, but this may reflect the relatively better funding base for suburban schools. Middle-income respondents in Chicage were significantly more likely to see public schools as underfunded than were other Chicago or Illinois residents, while middle-income residents of downstate areas were the least likely to see their schools as underfunded. The analysis concludes that, given the large impact of attentiveness on spending attitudes, it is important for local school leaders to identify and work with school attentives and that scholars should seek to better understand the sources and patterns of attentiveness to local schools. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois