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Population Change and Community Services [microform] : The Case of the Public Schools. Staff Paper Series #28 / Dan E. Moore and Theodore R. Alter
Bib ID 5410745
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Moore, Dan E
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1980 
32 p. 

Enrollment changes between 1970 and 1976 in the 504 public school districts in Pennsylvania were examined in light of "turnaround" (revival of growth in nonmetropolitan areas). Each district was classified into one of four categories according to the size of the largest urban place in the district, so that enrollment changes within metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties could be examined. The general "turnaround" literature was supported in that there were higher rates of growth in nonmetropolitan counties. On the average, more rural school districts were growing while all other district categories were declining. "Turnaround" was not happening everywhere; many rural communities were still losing population. As the category of decline increased, local revenue sources were depended on more, and per pupil expenditures became higher. However, school enrollment changes (both decline and growth) provide opportunity for rethinking the role of the school as a "mechanism for rural development." Schools, especially in rural communities, are key institutions. Decline in number of students need not imply decline in commitment to or quality of public education. The potential for strengthened education programs and more viable communities is clearly present if we can get beyond negative connotations of decline and unquestioning faith in the goodness of growth. (BRR)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, VT, August 24-26, 1979).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Community Services.  |  Declining Enrollment.  |  Educational Finance.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Enrollment Trends.  |  Expenditure Per Student.  |  Futures (of Society)  |  Population Trends.  |  Public Schools.  |  Rural Schools.  |  Rural Urban Differences.  |  School Districts.  |  Urban to Rural Migration.  |  Pennsylvania
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Alter, Theodore R., author  |  Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Agriculture
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