schedule-builder Research

The School Staffing Surge: Decades of Employment Growth in America’s Public Schools

“As more adults gain employment in public schools, there is not evidence that their numbers are leading to improved academic outcomes for students.” Graph Detail: Students grew 96%, Teachers grew 252%, admin/ non-teaching grew 702% from 1950 through 2009. Part I) Benjamin Scafidi, Ph.D. The Friedman Foundation for Educational choice, www.edchoice.org, October 2012

Budgeting for Efficiency and Effectiveness

“For most districts, budgeting has become a cost-cutting exercise designed to close the gap between revenues and expenses. During this process, decision makers inherently assume that existing operations are efficient and effective—an assumption that is rarely validated by facts.” Steven Pereus School Business Affairs, v78, #9, p. 16-18, Oct 2012

An Examination of Budgetary Inefficiency in Education Using Data Envelopment Analysis

“The lack of any consistently strong and systematic relationship between educational spending and performance outcomes is disturbing.” “Larger educational budgets, greater administrative overhead and increased reliance on local property taxes will not on average result in improved performance in economically inefficient districts.” Peter Chalos Financial Accountability & Management, v13, #1, February 1997, 0267-4424

Reducing Class Size Leads to Individualized Instruction 

“Class size, of course, cannot influence academic achievement directly. It must first influence what teachers and students do in the classroom before it can possibly affect student learning” John Zahorik Educational Leadership, v57, # 1, September 1999 pp 50-53