ERIC Number: ED377578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Controlling Costs Outside the Classroom: A Savings Prescription for Texas. Management Audit of Public Schools II.
Texas State Auditor's Office, Austin.
This document presents findings of an audit of 17 Texas school districts, conducted during spring 1993. The audit used the Savings Profile System, which is based on the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data, to identify potential cost-saving opportunities for each district. It is conservatively estimated that school districts could save $185 million per year by reducing costs outside the classroom. An additional $45 million could be saved annually by developing a statewide property self-insurance pool, controlling textbook costs, and reducing tax-collection costs. The report expresses serious concerns about the overall management practices at two districts. It is argued that the current public education system does not ensure that tax dollars are spent efficiently. In addition, dropout rates are understated, and detailed information on extracurricular costs is not readily available. The state compensatory-education program is flawed, with no assurance that funds are used for their intended purposes. Four figures and one table are included. Appendices contain the Savings Profile Matrix and acknowledgements. (LMI)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Auditor's Office, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas