ERIC Number: ED334295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Fiscal Accountability in Milwaukee's Public Elementary Schools. "Where Does the Money Go?" Volume 3, No. 4.
This report describes the current spending priorities of the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Public Schools (MPS) and suggests how the same amount of money could be better spent on educating children. The report's major findings include the following: (1) of an average $6,451 expenditure per MPS pupil in 1989-90, only 26 percent finds its way into the elementary classroom; (2) of this $6,451 per-pupil expenditure, only $3,659, or 57 percent of per-pupil costs, is spent in the average MPS elementary school; (3) the proportion of MPS money going to instruction has decreased steadily over the past two decades, from 70 percent of the budget in 1968 to 45 percent in 1989; (4) although the overall MPS budget has grown by 88 percent since 1978, teacher salaries in real dollars have declined; (5) MPS expenditures per elementary pupil include $65 for all supplies, materials, books, furniture, and equipment, compared to $943 for administration; (6) there is an MPS ratio of one person in administration for every four teachers; and (7) total MPS spending for administration is twice as much as for student transportation. An alternative, bureaucracy-reducing budget is proposed. The report includes statistical data in 11 tables and graphs and five appendixes. (AF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Policy Research Inst., Milwaukee.