ERIC Number: ED481620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-18
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Superintendent Observations Regarding the Financial Condition of Their School Districts: A Three-State Study.
Sharp, William L.; Malone, Bobby G.; Walter, James K.
This report documents a study that examined the current financial picture of public education in 2003. Data for the study were collected from 188 surveys of selected school superintendents in Indiana, Illinois, and Texas. The superintendents were asked how the financial condition of their state and their school districts compared to a few years previous. Following are some of the key findings from the surveys: Overall, 58.4 percent of the superintendents stated that the financial condition of their state was worse at the time they filled out the survey than it was a few years previous; an additional 41.1 percent stated that it was the worst they could recall in their career. The option chosen by the largest number of superintendents (75.7 percent) for reducing costs was to reduce staff by attrition, not layoffs. The second most-chosen option for reducing costs was to increase class size. When asked how optimistic they were that the current economic conditions would improve in the ensuing 2 years, 3.7 percent of the superintendents reported they were "very optimistic"; 21.7 percent said "somewhat optimistic"; 56.1 percent said "not very optimistic"; and 18. 5 percent said "not optimistic at all." (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Texas