ERIC Number: ED477354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Title I: Although Definitions of Administrative Expenditures Vary, Almost All School Districts Studied Spent Less Than 10 Percent on Administration. Report to Congressional Committees.
Shaul, Marnie S.
As mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Government Accounting Office was charged with examining how school districts defined and spent Title I funds on administrative activities, and with reviewing Title I expenditures in at least six school districts. This document reports on how five studies defined Title I administrative expenditures and what they found about the percentage of funds spent on these activities, and what proportion of Title I funds was spent on administrative activities compared with instructional and other activities in six school districts. GAO conducted a literature review of studies and reports related to Title I and gathered data on administrative expenditures for the 2000-01 school year from six school districts across the country. The GAO found that district spending classified as administrative in the studies varied from 4 percent to 10 percent. In the six school districts, definitions of administrative expenditures varied, in part because of differing state and local requirements or practices. GAO, therefore, identified a set of categories as administrative expenditures and found that in the six school districts expenditures ranged from none to 13 percent of total Title I funds spend on administration. (WFA)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Fringe Benefits, Government Publications, Legal Costs, Operating Expenses, Resource Allocation, Salaries, School District Spending
United States General Accounting Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548. Tel: 202-512-4800; Web site: http://www.gao.gov. For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03386.pdf.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001