ERIC Number: ED302939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Reconceptualization of the Budget Envelope.
Jefferson, Anne L.
This paper reconceptualizes the purposes of education's budget envelope. Citing numerous examples of how policymakers consider resource allocations apart from the main concerns of individual programs, the people reallocations affect, and education's most important programs, it suggests that policymakers and finance officers reemphasize program and people priorities rather than financial ones. Noting that curriculum and instruction issues rank a distant fifth behind frontrunner funding issues in the 1988 American Association of School Administrator's Survey, disapproval about funding priorities and program-based budgeting systems is expressed. Political concerns often dictate program funding without regard to the most effective programs. In addition, when expenditures outstrip income based on foundation levels established according to the annual inflation rate, funding emergencies occur. The report concludes that such a reconceptualization will not prevent policymakers from meeting their long-term or short-term budgeting obligations. Rather, budget flexibility is enhanced because of budgets designed to respond to immediate ongoing program needs, and not to any fixed "written in stone" timetable that ends with the fiscal year. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (San Antonio, TX, March 9-11, 1989).