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Cox, Edward P.; Landis, Lynn Patrick – School Business Affairs, 2013
This article asks the following questions: (1) Is there a link between new construction and student achievement? (2) What role does socioeconomics play in the answer? Data were collected for seven academic indicators and two behavioral indicators. The high schools ranked in the lowest wealth quartile were then divided into two groups: schools with…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Influences, Educational Indicators
Pregot, Michael – School Business Affairs, 2012
How do other countries fund their public schools? Through an analysis of common traits, such as the total percentage of funding for education in relation to the annual gross domestic product (GDP) and the annual per-pupil expenditures (correlated to the U.S. dollar), one can start to develop a clearer perspective on basic school-funding…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, Expenditure per Student, Public Schools
Weeks, Richard – School Business Affairs, 2011
School officials often assume that the food service director or management company should be the one concerned with the cafeteria program's management details. But of course that's not the case. Cafeteria operations affect the school business bottom line, so they indeed fall under the purview of school business officials. Not only should school…
Descriptors: Food Service, Dining Facilities, Educational Finance, School Administration
Lea, Dennis R.; Polster, Patty Poppe – School Business Affairs, 2010
The preschool facility is a critical element of an effective preschool program. The recent economic downturn in the United States makes it difficult for states and individual school districts to consider developing new preschool programs or enhancing current programs or facilities. Yet many Americans still agree that public investment in preschool…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Preschool Education, State Standards, Facility Guidelines
Russo, Charles J. – School Business Affairs, 2009
The Supreme Court has played a crucial role in shaping education over ASBO International's first century of existence. Accordingly, this column, the first of two on the Supreme Court and education, inaugurates ASBO's centennial year with a retrospective look at key cases that were litigated in K-12 school settings around the issue of equal…
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Desegregation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance
Russo, Charles J. – School Business Affairs, 2009
In the opening sentence of his May 1949 article in this journal, Ward W. Keesecker was on the mark in writing, "What the Supreme Court of the United States has said pertaining to State school administration and how their decisions affect the rights and privileges of individuals are matters of wide interest and concern to school business officials…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, School Administration, Court Litigation, Student Rights
Lea, Dennis; Carter, Deborah – School Business Affairs, 2009
America's annual oil consumption continues to increase and is projected to continue the upward spiral into the foreseeable future. Alternative-fuel options are available that are not only cheaper in some cases on an energy-equivalent basis but are also more environmentally friendly. Education leaders need to be concerned with both these facts.…
Descriptors: School Buses, Fuels, Natural Resources, Energy Conservation
Osborne, Allan G., Jr.; Russo, Charles J. – School Business Affairs, 2009
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), once students with disabilities receive educational placements, school officials cannot unilaterally change their settings. When officials wish to change the placements of students with disabilities for any reason, they must not only notify their parents of their intent to do so…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Parent School Relationship, School Business Officials
Russo, Charles J.; Osborne, Allan G. – School Business Affairs, 2009
In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act as a comprehensive mandate to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA's primary intent was to extend the protection of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The major difference between the two laws is that Section 504 applies to programs that…
Descriptors: Employees, Courts, Disabilities, School Business Officials
Russo, Charles J. – School Business Affairs, 2009
In the midst of growing controversy over the limits of student expression on the Internet, a federal trial court in Pennsylvania addressed the extent to which education officials can restrict the ability of student teachers and, by extension, teachers and other school employees, to exercise their rights to free speech on Internet social networking…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Legal Problems, Cooperating Teachers, Internet
Russo, Charles J.; Thro, William E. – School Business Affairs, 2009
The Supreme Court's recent decision in "Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee" (2009) expands the opportunities for students and their parents to sue school boards for alleged sex discrimination. Even so, as discussed here, "Fitzgerald" should have little effect on the day-to-day operations of school systems. This column…
Descriptors: Courts, Federal Government, Court Litigation, Boards of Education
Russo, Charles J. – School Business Affairs, 2009
Free speech concerns associated with collective bargaining become important when unions impose fair-share fees that charge nonmembers for costs associated with the benefits they receive through labor negotiations. When unions collect fair-share fees, those payments often support causes with which nonmembers and dissenting members disagree.…
Descriptors: Unions, Teaching (Occupation), School Districts, Collective Bargaining
Lawton, Stephen B. – School Business Affairs, 2001
A data-management system adhering to seven principles (concerned with defining and measuring characteristics and their interrelationships) is feasible and exists in parts, if not as an integrated whole. Present data-collection and reportage systems lack the real-time, analytic longitudinal characteristics that contemporary technology promises and…
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Database Management Systems
Chan, T. C.; Richardson, Michael D.; Jording, Cathy – School Business Affairs, 2001
Carpet can serve as a type of finish over concrete, improves the acoustical environment, and helps build a more conducive, personalized learning environment. Problems associated with carpeting are related to raw materials, texture, cleaning materials, cost factors, moisture, and alleged contribution to poor indoor air quality. Recommendations are…
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Carpeting, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Environment
Forsyth, Andy – School Business Affairs, 2001
Student transportation complexities make evaluating a program's cost and quality very difficult. The first step in measuring performance is defining an operation's functional components: level of service delivery, units of service, and cost of services. Other considerations include routing, logistics, and fleet maintenance and support operations.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness
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