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ERIC Number: ED555617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISBN: 978-9941-0-6994-9
ISSN: N/A
School Funding System and Equity
Tabatadze, Shalva; Gorgadze, Natia
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The aim of this research is to study the effectiveness of general education funding system from the perspective of equal and equal educational opportunities for all in Georgia. Following the objective, the research aimed to respond three main research questions: 1. is the school financing formula effective and efficient enough to be administrated on the school level to guarantee equal educational opportunities? 2. Are school funding criteria determining amount of school financing cohered and consecutive enough to address existing needs of the schools and fulfilling the statement on equality in education? Three research methods were used for clear outcomes including qualitative, quantitative and statistical research methods and three relevant instruments were chosen: (1) Desk research; (2) Survey of principals; (3) Interviews and focus group discussion with education stakeholders. The research revealed important gaps and problems about the general education funding system. The gaps, challenges and problems of school funding system of Georgia are discussed and analyzed in the context of important educational policies (1) Equity and social integration; (2) System efficiency and cost effectiveness; (3) Quality education and freedom of school choice. The study revealed that existing system has the problems in all three educational policy areas. The findings of the research make possible to develop important recommendations to policy makers in order to solve existing problems and address challenges. The principal's questionnaire is appended. [This research was implemented by the Centre for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations (CCIIR) in the framework of The East-West Management Institute's (EWMI) Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) Program, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: USAID
Authoring Institution: Center for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations (CCIIR)
Identifiers - Location: Georgia Republic