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ERIC Number: ED474397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
School District Expenditures and Fiscal Stress. Condition Report Prepared for the Education Finance Research Consortium.
Boyd, Don; Lankford, Hamp; Wyckoff, Jim
Over the last 20 years, New York State and its school districts have allocated substantial resources to the education of public primary and secondary students. During the 1999-2000 school year, school districts spent $22.3 billion more than they had in 1979-80, an increase of 240 percent. This report explores how the money was used, how budgeting practices differed across varying fiscal climates, and fiscal stress affects school districts. Dominant trends in budgeting patterns over the last 21 years show that a substantial portion of the increased spending has been absorbed by the effects of inflation on the costs of purchasing inputs and does not represent an increase in real resource acquisition. A surprising large portion of the remaining increased spending went for students designated as disabled. Students in regular classrooms received a much smaller share of the total increase in expenditures that occurred between 1980 and 2000, than was the expenditure share of this category in 1980. Per-pupil spending patterns in most districts tend to be related inversely to enrollment changes. From 1997 to 2000, large urban districts have increased expenditures at a substantially higher rate of increase than most other districts. (Contains 32 references, 8 figures, 10 tables, and a methodological appendix.) (RT)
Education Finance Research Consortium, Center for Policy Research, University at Albany, 135 Western Ave., Milne 300, Albany, NY 12222. Tel: 518-442-3862; Fax: 518-442-3398; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.; State Univ. of New York, Albany. Office of the Regents.
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Identifiers - Location: New York