ERIC Number: ED406717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Can Cutbacks Leave School Programs Viable? ERIC Digest, Number 106.
Most public schools, out of financial necessity, have had to reduce costs while maintaining facilities and essential programs and remaining accountable for student outcomes. School downsizing can mean making painful decisions about program elimination and staff layoffs. This digest offers suggestions for using downsizing to some advantage--identifying and reducing programs of limited benefit, making instructional programs more focused and defensible, gathering detailed information about district staff's efforts, and utilizing staff ideas for cutting costs. The digest highlights examples of program ranking systems, such as the four-tier model, that help administrators decide which programs to cut. The digest also identifies what information is most valuable in planning reductions, and identifies who should be involved in the decision-making process. The digest also highlights ways to prevent low staff morale and discusses the effect of downsizing on staff creativity. (Contains six references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Exigency, Program Termination, Public Schools, Reduction in Force, Retrenchment
Editor, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207 (free; $3 postage and handling waived if stamped, self-addressed envelope enclosed).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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.