ERIC Number: ED345329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The $11 Billion Mystery: New York More Than Doubled Its Spending on the Schools during the 1980s. Why Didn't All That Money Produce Better Results?
Public Policy Inst., Albany, NY.
Over the past 10 years, New York has more than doubled its spending on elementary and secondary education, in a fervent attempt to produce greater student achievement and prepare our young people for the fast changing world in which they will have to earn a living. Better results have not been produced as the education system has focused on more rules and requirements, more oversight, and more bureaucracy. Seven sections compose this report. Section 1 discusses the 1980s initial reform's misconception that more schooling would achieve more learning. A surge of mandates--and of money--fueled growth in bureaucracy and special programs, but results did not improve. Section 2 reports on where the $11 billion was spent. Section 3 discusses the indifferent results in New York's schools, while section 4 explains that non-public schools, offer some lessons for the public schools in how to get good results for less money. Section 5 elaborates on what makes good schools: focus, leadership, autonomy, high standards, and an orientation toward results. Section 6 looks at examples of new, results-oriented schools in New York, and section 7 details a new Compact for Learning to give schools more autonomy to arrive at intended outcomes. (RR)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, School Based Management, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
Public Policy Institute, 152, Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Inst., Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York