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ERIC Number: EJ990111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-8
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Is Administration Leaner in Charter Schools? Resource Allocation in Charter and Traditional Public Schools
Arsen, David; Ni, Yongmei
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v20 n31 Oct 2012
There is widespread concern that administration consumes too much of the educational dollar in traditional public schools, diverting needed resources from classroom instruction and hampering efforts to improve student outcomes. By contrast, charter schools are predicted to have leaner administration and allocate resources more intensively to instruction. This study analyzes resource allocation in charter and district schools in Michigan, where charter and tradition public schools receive approximately the same operational funding. Controlling for factors that could affect resource allocation patterns between school types, we find that charter schools on average spend $774 more per pupil per year on administration and $1141 less on instruction than traditional public schools. (Contains 5 tables and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan