ERIC Number: EJ1000266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Reference Count: 2
School Districts Can Stretch the School Dollar
Petrilli, Michael J.
School Business Affairs, v78 n9 p10-12, 14 Oct 2012
Many districts continue to face budget challenges of historic proportions. Decisions made in the coming months will carry significant repercussions for years to come. The path of least resistance is to slash budgets in ways that erode schooling. In this scenario, important reforms are left behind, overall services are diminished, innovations are scrapped, and the system settles for doing less with less. Worse still, cuts are made in ways that make the system unsustainable for the long term, virtually guaranteeing a multi-year cycle of educational erosion and decay. A more proactive and thoughtful approach has the potential not only to protect the existing quality of schools, but also to unlock commitments, policies, practices, and habits such that available education dollars can be used differently to serve students better. Rather than hope for revenue increases that are unlikely to materialize, smart leaders can turn the present budget crisis into an opportunity. Most of the school dollar goes toward instructional staff and the people who manage them. Rethinking whom the district hires, what they do, how the district pays them, and how to incorporate technology--that is where the big payoff is. Local officials need to reconsider the core business of schooling--and get key stakeholders to buy into a new, more cost-effective, more productive vision. This article provides a roadmap that could lead to a more efficient, more effective kind of school system.
Descriptors: School Districts, Budgeting, Resource Allocation, Budgets, Personnel Selection, Salaries, Technology Integration, Stakeholders, Teacher Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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