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ERIC Number: ED437708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Budgeting. Developing Quality Schools: Learning Module #3. Making It Work--The Quality Schools Approach.
Barlosky, Martin; Lawton, Stephen
This learning module/handbook explains the rationale behind school-based budgeting (SBB)--the transfer of authority and responsibility for allocating a portion of school operating funds from the central school district to individual schools--and suggests practical implementation strategies. According to part I, SBB comes in many forms. Each school gets a "global,""block," or "lump-sum" budget (ranging from 2 to 90 percent of total expenditures) to allocate across various functions or for types of goods and services. Part II explains SBB's relationship to continuous quality improvement--the juxtaposition of clear purposes and goals for improvement with wisely allocated resources. Part III discusses the superiority of decentralized budgeting systems over traditional centralized systems. Part IV discusses whether school-based budgeting works. Part V outlines a three-tiered system for transferring budgetary authority and responsibility, showing how five educational systems decentralize responsibilities. Part VI explains how to develop SBB decision-making processes, and part VII offers three SBB models with explanatory tables. Part VIII outlines three activities to help practitioners improve understandings of SBB. Two appendices list 23 references and explain the Quality Schools Project. (MLH)
Developing Quality Schools, Dept. of Educational Administration, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1V6; e-mail: ($7; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.