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Resource Allocation in Schools

  • By: Lawrence J. Miller & Sharlonne Rollin
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

The quantity and quality of resources available to schools varies across space and over time. This variation is based primarily on state funding levels, school district property wealth, and, increasingly, the needs of the students enrolled in the school district. A fourth factor contributing to resource variation is school district resource allocation decisions. School districts determine the number of administrators and teachers in the school, as well as the number of paraprofessionals, librarians, student support service personnel, and facility maintenance staff. However, principals and other members of the school leadership team often have decision-making authority over hiring teachers and other staff members; setting class size across grade levels; assigning teachers to teach specific grade levels, courses, and classrooms; making decisions about how the school uses ...

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