School consolidation has long been a discussion point in many Illinois school districts. Recent statewide financial concerns, plus the inability of some local school districts to survive without state funding, has thrust consolidation back into the forefront of local and statewide political discussions and power struggles. This research examines the expenditures of Illinois school districts that have consolidated to those that have not since 1985, by examining the operating expenditures per pupil (OEPP) of the year prior to consolidation, the year following consolidation, 5 years after consolidation, 10 years after consolidation 15 years after consolidation and 20 years after consolidation. This study sought to examine the extent to which consolidation resulted in financial savings for those school districts involved as compared to non-consolidated school districts and the state average. This research utilizes Average Daily Attendance (ADA) as a filtering factor in determining which school districts were ultimately examined.
|Commitee:||Meinz, Elizabeth, Puchner, Laurel|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education finance, Educational leadership, School administration|
|Keywords:||Average daily attendance, Consolidation, Operating expenditure per pupil|
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