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ERIC Number: EJ759605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-28
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
As Budgets Swell, Spending Choices Get New Scrutiny
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v26 n29 p1, 19 Mar 2007
When lawmakers in Arkansas increased school funding by more than $700 million over the past three years to improve student achievement, they wanted the money to be spent on instructional coaches for teachers, tutors for struggling students, and smaller class sizes in reading, math, and science. However--in what could prove a cautionary tale for policymakers in other states--that is not mainly how it was used. School districts spent most of their newfound money to raise teachers' salaries and, in some cases, to add electives in high school, including courses in football, basketball, and baseball. As legislators in many states consider pouring billions of additional dollars into their K-12 systems, they are grappling with evidence that money alone will not improve student achievement--in part because districts may not be using the dollars where they are needed most. This article reports on what the states are doing to better target, spend, and track education money.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas