ERIC Number: ED384951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Priority on Learning: Efficient Use of Resources. ERIC Digest, Number 100.
Oswald, Lori Jo
Because school budgets are limited and becoming more so, the wise use of school finances to enhance student learning is imperative. This digest examines the ways public schools are redistributing existing resources and changing policies to increase student academic achievement. Information is provided on the most effective means for allocating finances, methods used by school districts to cut costs, the impact of state policies, and actions to be taken at the school district and school levels. According to the Committee on Economic Development (CED 1994), investing money in schools is important, "but only if schools are organized to use it effectively to promote achievement." Districts can cut costs by streamlining administration and support-service costs and by reducing costs outside the classroom, which does not directly affect the education of children. Traditional state policies may cause schools to ignore student outcomes. At the district level, policymakers need to refrain from limiting the principal's authority and accountability. At the school level, principals should establish goals that focus on student outcomes and communicate them to students and teachers. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cost Effectiveness, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Organizational Effectiveness, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School District Spending
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.