ERIC Number: ED379734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Straight Talk about School Administrators.
Association of California School Administrators.
In this report, the Association of California School Administrators examined some of the myths and misrepresentations about administration in California's public schools. Specifically, it examined the following five myths: (1) A lot of money that could be better spent in the classroom is being wasted on administration. (2) There are too many school administrators. (3) The number of school administrators has been growing rapidly. (4) Administrators are paid too much. (5) Administration is an unnecessary burden on the educational system. Data were derived from a public opinion survey conducted by the Field Institute, California Department of Education data, and an Educational Research Service (ERS) study. Findings indicate that California school districts devote only a small portion of their budgets to school administration; less than 5 percent of the school work force--nationwide and in California--is administrative; the number of school administrators to teachers has decreased steadily; public school administrators earn substantially less than their counterparts in private industry; and school administrators provide essential support services and programs for students and classroom instruction. In conclusion, school districts operate with very lean management structures in which only a small percentage of the school budget is directed to overhead and administration. Eleven figures and 3 tables are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrators, Budgets, Costs, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Economics, Labor Force, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, Salaries, School Administration, School District Spending, State Norms
Association of California School Administrators, Director of Communications, 1517 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.
Identifiers - Location: California