EdD (Doctor of Education)
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Johnson, Ane Turner
Education--Finance; School boards--Pennsylvania
Educational Administration and Supervision
The purpose of this embedded, single case qualitative case study was to explore how business managers and superintendents in Pennsylvania school districts work together to develop adequate and equitable school district budgets in a time of funding inequity and uncertainty. This case study focused on business managers and superintendents in school districts that are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as high poverty districts based on the district's aid ratio. Eight business managers and five superintendents from Pennsylvania school districts participated in a semi-structured interview that explored the experiences that they encountered in the budget development process. School board meeting minutes and videos were also analyzed as a means of observing the outcomes of board votes. Using qualitative methods, including one-on-one interviews with superintendents and business managers, this study focused on the interplay of decision-making, issues of power, and negotiation. This study was viewed through the lens of critical sensemaking theory that maintains that power influences how and what decisions are made in organizations.
Scott, Vanessa Renee, "Fiscal inequity: A case study of superintendents and business managers in Pennsylvania high poverty school districts" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2535.