Don Severson, President, 608/238-8300, Madison
Following is a proposal for cost analysis of programs, services, positions and operations in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
· It is a standard way of doing business
· It provides clear and adequate information for the board and the public about which to make informed decisions for the allocation of funds
· It provides the homework for ‘due diligence’ on real costs of educating our children
· Cost analysis approaches have been used in Arkansas, Ohio, Wyoming, Alabama, Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon
· In 2004, such cost analysis approaches are underway in New York, Vermont, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas and Hawaii
· The Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools presented “The Wisconsin Adequacy Plan” regarding education finance reform to the Governor’s Task Force on Educational Excellence in January. Explore their website at www.excellentschools.org
· A comprehensive data base of information about costing approaches may be found at www.accessednetwork.org under research, etc.
· The National Association of Boards of Education (NASBE) has information available on the subject
· The Review of Educational Research shows a variety of resources available regarding the state of Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness analyses in education
· An array of research and models are available from various universities, including UW
· Active Citizens for Education offers its assistance to the district for the review and access to resources and development of a model appropriate for the Madison district