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ERIC Number: ED455046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Real Cost of Rural Secondary Schooling in South Australia (from a School's Perspective). Keynote Address.
Witham, Mark
This paper examines the costs of rural schooling in South Australia from the internal allocations of resources in four country and four metropolitan schools. Case studies considered only secondary education and the differences between how metropolitan and country schools allocate resources to students; subjects; and activities such as administration, teaching, and resource centers. A second issue was whether secondary schools' allocation of resources is congruent with how the government allocates resources to schools. This study's consideration of total resource allocation yielded different findings than analyses based on salary expenditures only. Salary expenditures tend to overstate the resources allocated to curriculum delivery and support, understate administration and transportation, and diminish rural-urban differences. Years 9-12 were more expensive than year 8, and expenditure per student in years 11-12 was significantly greater in rural than in urban schools. Compared to metropolitan schools, junior secondary subjects were 19 percent more expensive in country schools and senior secondary subjects were 69 percent more expensive. These results were related to differences in class size. Almost all subjects were more expensive in country schools, using the measure of cost per student per hour. All schools received more resources than needed for senior secondary students and reallocated these resources back to the school. But with lower retention to year 12, country schools had less surplus for reallocation. (Contains 15 data tables and figures and 12 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia