Book Review

Financing Schools for High Performance: Strategies for Improving the Use of Educational Resources


Reviewed by Brian L. Benzel,
Northwest Region President,
Voyager Expanded Learning, Edmonds, Wash.

 

 

The school finance system has incredible power to block reform and keep schools doing what they've always done. Figuring out how schools can shift their current resources into investments that will build high-performing schools is a challenge for all school administrators.

Financing Schools for High Performance provides excellent guidance for this daunting task. Authors Allan Odden and Carolyn Busch focus on the need to improve productivity within the current educational system and then identify a strategy to build school-based staff's capacity to take charge of the teaching-learning process. This strategy supports a proactive, changed role for central-office leaders.

With research from Australia and England, the authors have developed insights adapted to meet American educational system needs. In an environment of standards-based learning, this book examines the key questions and practices that leaders must address to design and manage successful schools.

This work will be valuable for every leader seeking to link decentralization of decision making with improved student performance.

(Financing Schools for High Performance: Strategies for Improving the Use of Educational Resources, by Allan Odden and Carolyn Busch, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, Calif., 1998, 276 pp. with index)