ERIC Number: ED384121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Rural and Urban School Finance: Districts and Experts Speak Out. Policy Briefs. Report 1, 1995.
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
This policy brief looks at educational finance from the perspective of educators and policymakers in rural and urban districts in the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) region. The region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. A review of the contributions submitted by regional educators indicates that there were more similarities than differences among rural and urban school districts. Both groups engaged in partnerships, collaborative program delivery, strategic planning, new governance structures, and both recognized the need for flexibility in funding. A district's resources, history, and location affected its responses to financial dilemmas more than its urban-rural status. However, school safety was a greater concern for urban districts, and distance learning and technology were of concern primarily to rural districts. The first sections include: (1) "Demographic and Economic Changes Facing Schools in the North Central Region" (James G. Ward); (2) "Changes in Demographics and Economics in Rural and Urban Settings: Impact on Rural Schools" (Joseph J. D'Amico); and (3) "Hard Times Getting Harder in Urban School Districts" (Lynn J. Stinnette). A total of 32 rural-district and 8 urban-district profiles are offered in the fourth and fifth sections by Nancy Fulford and Louise Dieterle. The final section contains five brief commentaries: (1) "Despite the Gloomy Scenario, The Future May Hold Some Surprises" (E. Robert Stephens); (2) "The Vision: Collaboration, Standards, Technology" (Vernae Hasbargen); (3)"Funding High-Quality Public Education: The Illinois Dilemma" (Richard D. Laine and William L. Hinrichs); (4) "Rural and Urban Contrasts Still Lead to a Shared Reality" (William Marx); and (5) "Finance in Education" (Douglas Haselow and Robert C. Jasna). A chart shows solutions to demographic/economic changes in urban and rural areas. Seven figures and four tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.