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ERIC Number: EJ1062328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-9
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
No Child Left Behind and Administrative Costs: A Resource Dependence Study of Local School Districts
Neely, Stephen R.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v23 n26 Mar 2015
This study considers the impact of federal funding on the administrative expenditures of local school districts since the passage of the No-Child-Left-Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Under NCLB, federal education funds were made contingent upon a variety of accountability and reporting standards, creating new administrative costs and challenges for local school districts. According to the premises of resource dependence theory, these increases in administrative costs will likely be most pronounced among those local districts with the greatest reliance on federal revenue. Repeated measures models are constructed for a multi-state sample of public school districts to test the extent to which these policy changes may be influencing administrative expenditures at the local level. While effect sizes are small, the results do demonstrate a significant resource dependence effect, suggesting that districts with greater reliance on federal revenue are experiencing larger increases in administrative expenditures over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Vermont; Washington; Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001