ERIC Number: ED434395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Legislative Council Staff Report on School District Size Factors. Report to the Colorado General Assembly. Research Publication No. 451.
Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
This document examines Colorado's size factor, which is intended to compensate for differences in per-pupil costs that are attributable to economies of scale; the formula provides additional money based on each district's enrollment. The report is organized by the following three areas: (1) background on Colorado's size factor, including a description of the formula, a summary of changes in the factor over time, and a comparison with similar factors in other states; (2) a review of the actual factors and the funding that is driven by the factors in Fiscal Year 1999-00; and (3) a review of research and literature on economies of scale in general. The report focuses on changes to the size factor under the School Finance Act and offers a synopsis of 10 states that incorporated a size factor in their school-finance formulas. It shows how measures of economies of scale were taken and what the impact of the size factor on per-pupil funding would be. The findings reveal that in Fiscal Year 1998-99, the size factor contributed $121 million toward total programs, or nearly 4 percent of the total funding provided through Colorado's School Finance Act. Districts with the fewest pupils received the largest size factor. On average, the size factor added $186 to per-pupil funding. Three appendices show how to calculate size factors and feature other information. (RJM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado