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Davis, Lynn; Tyson, Ben – American School Board Journal, 2003
Many school buildings are in dire need of renovation, expansion, or replacement. Brief case studies from around the country illustrate the importance of finding out why people vote for or against a construction referendum. Lists recommendations for a strategic campaign. (MLF)
Descriptors: Bond Issues, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Parrino, Frank M. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Interviews with school board members and administrators produced a list of suggestions for balancing a budget in hard times. Among these are changing calendars and schedules to reduce heating and cooling costs; sharing personnel; rescheduling some extracurricular activities; and forming cooperative agreements with other districts. (MLF)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Consolidated Schools, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance
Smette, David H. – American School Board Journal, 2003
With state budgets in trouble across the United States, many school districts have already been hit with midyear cuts. Morale is the first and biggest issue administrators and school boards have to tackle. Successful leaders must be able to forecast what lies ahead and plan for the future. Good communication with staff and the public is crucial to…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Budgeting, Change Strategies, Conflict Resolution
Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2003
As David Tyack and Larry Cuban demonstrate in "Tinkering Toward Utopia," the history of U.S. education reforms is that of mixed success and failure. Characteristics of reforms that take hold in schools include those that involve building new facilities, are easy to administer, and are legally mandated. Another major school reform…
Descriptors: Comprehensive School Reform, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational History
American School Board Journal, 2003
This is a compilation of educational data, presented in charts, for each state and the District of Columbia. Included are demographic data, financial and budgetary data, and academic information. Also included are national averages for each item listed. Includes the 16 sources for the information presented here. (WFA)
Descriptors: Demography, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
About 30 states have statutes on educating the gifted and talented. Identifying and teaching gifted children are a challenge. With states in a growing fiscal crisis and the costs of tests mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act, gifted education will struggle to maintain what it has rather than build. (MLF)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Pierce, Marie – American School Board Journal, 2003
The number of school boards in Canada has been radically reduced over the past 7 years. During this period, governance roles and responsibilities also have been redefined. Since 1995, 9 of Canada's 10 provinces have gone through a consolidation process mandated by provincial legislators, mainly for cost efficiency. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2003
A brief overview of national issues in public education in 2002. Discusses the views of advocates and opponents of the No Child Left Behind Act and the school voucher movement; federal, state, and local government challenges to local school board authority; and school funding and general economic issues. (WFA)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy
Colgan, Craig – American School Board Journal, 2003
With state budgets in disarray, school districts are taking a hard look at cuts and possible reforms. At the state level the issue is the complex ways states fund public schools. Finding a better way to link dollars to academic performance includes simplifying school finance and equalizing funds to provide adequate education. (MLF)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Smith, Stephen; Myers, John L.; Underwood, Julie – American School Board Journal, 2003
Vermont is the only state that does not require a balanced budget every fiscal year. Facing state budget shortfalls, many states were left with no choice but to examine possible cuts or at least flat levels of funding for schools. States are also facing costs with implementing new federal mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act. Additional…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Charter Schools, Cost Estimates, Educational Finance
Hansen, Janet S. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes five major developments that are changing the way schools are funded: Linking finance to achievement; changing demographics, such as fewer households with school-age children; teacher shortages, especially for certain fields and certain locations; funding technology; and school choice. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Finance, Educational Technology
Guthrie, James W. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Explains how state and federal court decisions dealing with educational equity and adequacy have increased state involvement in school finance. Describes five state education system models: Single system, single system with capacity for charters, district operating system with multiple state categorical aid programs, district operating system with…
Descriptors: Block Grants, Board of Education Role, Categorical Aid, Charter Schools
Silverstein, Justin; Augenblick, John – American School Board Journal, 2002
Reviews several issues having implications for the future nature and funding of school construction, including recent state educational adequacy and equity litigation, smaller class sizes, full-day kindergartens, educational technology, and charter schools. (PKP)
Descriptors: Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Class Size, Court Litigation, Educational Equity (Finance)
Verstegen, Deborah A. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Argues that states should reinvent their school-finance systems to align them with standards-based reform. New finance systems must link standards with funding, link schools with social services, and target educational adequacy and equity. (PKP)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance
Herlong, William – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes how Greenville (South Carolina) Board of Education used installment purchase arrangement, coupled with a nonprofit corporation, to finance school construction. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Bond Issues, Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Court Litigation
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