ERIC Number: ED357444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Allocation of Money and Its Impact on Education.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
While much attention has been paid to educational reform or restructuring efforts to improve the nation's schools, the fiscal aspects of reform have received little attention. The Education Commission of the States studied 20 school districts in 6 states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, and South Carolina) to determine what impact resource-allocation methods had on educational reform. Superintendents and principals were interviewed about their district's fiscal situation, types of school restructuring being pursued, and the influence of fiscal considerations on reform. Responses showed that most districts were involved in governance reform, curriculum changes, and efforts for increases in student performance standards and expectations. Activities associated with reform required finding additional funding within the school system. Most of the administrators' time investment was made at the beginning of the reform process. All the school districts were moving ahead with reform despite restrictive budget and economic situations. Several recommendations for state leaders can be drawn from the study: create a statewide reform strategy, increase local management flexibility, provide incentives for reform, focus on outcomes, utilize consultants, seek easing of federal restrictions, improve state-local relations, and increase local fiscal-planning flexibility. (JPT)
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Policy, Financial Problems, Governance, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, State School District Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Illinois; Kentucky; Maine; South Carolina