Minimizing the Spread in Per-Pupil Expenditures in School Finance Programs.

by James E. Bruno

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A report on some of the major points of a recent study on a mathematical programming approach to the allocation of state resources to local school districts. The goal is to develop a method for making state support programs more responsive to educational needs--especially in lower-income districts--while taking into account the constraints of a foundation-type support program. The linear-programming model described will (1) ensure the maximum utilization of resources available, (2) maximize state aid to each district, and (3) satisfy the budgetary and political constraints of the system. The illustrative results presented are for the case in which the objective function is the minimization of the percentage spread in the final total junior-college district expenditure per average daily attendance. 22 pp. Ref.

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