ERIC Number: ED387550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-14
Reference Count: N/A
District of Columbia: Weaknesses in Personnel Records and Public Schools' Management Information and Controls. Testimony before the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, Committee on Appropriations. House of Representatives.
Steinhoff, Jeffrey C.
In response to a request from the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia of the House Committee on Appropriations, the efforts of the District of Columbia to reduce its overall personnel and personnel expenditures and several financial issues involving the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) were evaluated. Difficulties the District of Columbia continues to face in its effort to reduce its overall personnel are outlined. With regard to the public schools, evaluation made it immediately clear that the system needs to address management weaknesses. The DCPS educates over 80,000 students in elementary and secondary school and an additional 4,000 adults. The per pupil cost, after correction for retirement and capital costs, is about $7,800. Personnel costs make up about 80 percent of the total DCPS expenditures. Other costs and management problems, including costs for educating students whose families do not reside in the District, are explored. A high priority among the recommendations for the DCPS is improving information on personnel and students. Another priority is the development of a capital projects plan that addresses the huge capital needs shortfall. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Government Role, Personnel Management, Public Schools, Urban Schools
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies, $2 each, 25% discount for 100 or more copies to a single address).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Accounting and Information Management Div.