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ERIC Number: ED450987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 15
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A Fair Go: Cutting the Cake and Closing Schools.
Witham, Mark
This paper summarizes major findings from a doctoral study of the economic rationale for closing rural and metropolitan schools in South Australia. It is evident that some communities in South Australia have had their local school closed and some have not. Some receive greater levels of funding than others. This thesis research examines the reasons for such differences in policy, and considers whether they are consistent with a sound economic rationale. Four rural and four urban schools were selected as case studies, and the economic cost or benefit to the community from closing each school was analyzed. The net tangible cost or benefit of school closing was then compared to the additional student travel time resulting from closure, yielding an implicit value of students' travel time if the schools were closed. Results indicate that the savings that accrue from school closure are greater in metropolitan areas than rural areas. The implicit minimum value of students' time that would make closure a viable option in country areas is $0.76 per hour, compared to $30.12 in metropolitan areas. In addition, a district funding model was developed that provides an alternative resource allocation methodology based on minimum school size, maximum school size, and maximum student travel time. This funding model is likely to achieve significantly greater savings than are possible from school closure. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia