ERIC Number: ED387864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
When School Districts Become Entrepreneurs: Opportunity or Danger?
Bauman, Paul; Crampton, Faith E.
State Legislative Report, v20 n11 Jul 1995
This report examines traditional and newer forms of school district entrepreneurship and its impact on school district revenues. The report describes forms that have become well-established, such as school and parent fund raising, local educational foundations, business-education partnerships, and student fees. New forms of educational entrepreneurship include commercial advertising, corporate sponsorship and merchandising efforts, the recruitment of tuition-paying students, and development-impact fees. Although the generation of alternative revenues may provide opportunities for school districts, it also presents concerns for school officials and state policymakers regarding equity, accountability, and taxpayer support. Recommendations for state policymakers include: (1) conduct a survey of school districts to identify the types of entrepreneurial activity and the amount of revenues generated; (2) review the state education accounting system to ensure that alternative revenue sources are accounted for in a systematic manner at the district and school levels; (3) analyze existing statutes and administrative regulations to determine if they offer sufficient guidelines for school districts in new areas of entrepreneurship; and (4) consider a study to determine the impact of school district entrepreneurship on interdistrict and intradistrict fiscal equity. Contains a 13-item list of state legislative reports and 16 notes. (LMI)
Descriptors: Economic Opportunities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Entrepreneurship, Financial Support, Fiscal Capacity, Fund Raising, Income, School District Wealth, School Districts, School Support
National Conference of State Legislatures Book Order Department, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202-5140.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.