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ERIC Number: EJ824123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Expanding Support through District Education Foundations: A Tale of Two States
Brent, Brian O.
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v1 n1 p30-51 Mar 2002
In recent years, an increasing number of districts have turned to district education foundations (DEF) for added fiscal support. Similar in many ways to university development offices, DEFs are privately operated, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that solicit funds from individuals and businesses and then distribute these funds to public school districts. Despite their prevalence, the literature offers policymakers only incomplete answers to the following important questions: What is the nature and scope of DEF activity? What are the sources and uses of DEF funds? What are the benefits and costs to districts of operating DEFs? Are DEF resources distributed equitably among districts? This article reports on a study that answers these and other questions. Using multiple methods to analyze data from DEFs in California and New York, this study shows, for example, that DEFs benefit district in a number of ways, including improving school-community relationships and the quality of the educational program. However, the study also reveals DEFs are less likely to be found in relatively poor communities. The implications for policy of these and other findings are discussed. (Contains 11 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; New York