ERIC Number: ED560202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Progressive Concern: Productivity in Education. The Productivity for Results Series No. 7
Brown, Cynthia G.; Miller, Raegen T.
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative
The authors concentrate on financial resources available to schools, how to improve fiscal equity, and how schools can use resources in smarter ways. They explain why political progressives should assist in--and even lead--efforts to bring the idea of managing performance with measurable outcomes to public schools. The first section dwells on issues of fairness in financial resources available to schools. This theme, of course, is familiar terrain for the political left, and progressives have a special role to play in shoehorning productivity into debates and policy formation around improving fiscal equity in the nation's public schools. The second section takes on the idea of using resources in smarter ways. This idea, difficult for everyone, is especially challenging to those more comfortable tinkering with inputs than managing performance based on measurable outcomes. But mounting evidence of desperate misalignment between traditional uses of resources and outcome-oriented goals undermines public support for existing levels of investment, dashing hopes for strategically defensible increases.
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Resource Allocation, Politics of Education, Educational Resources, Productivity, Public Schools, School Districts, State Aid, Federal Aid, Budgets, Compensation (Remuneration), Merit Pay, Accountability, Academic Achievement
George W. Bush Institute, Education Reform Initiative. 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205. Tel: 214-200-4300; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.bushcenter.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George W. Bush Presidential Center, George W. Bush Institute