Superintendent Response to the Financial DownturnT

Teresa Martin Starrett, Pat Casey, Karen Dunlap


In this study, 79 local school district leaders from the state of Texas were contacted and asked for their input
relating to strategic practices used during an economic downturn. Findings describe how the recent funding cuts
affected the varied districts; how the districts fared in comparison with similar districts in the area; steps the district
took before and after budget cuts were mandated to ameliorate the financial situation; and strategies/procedures
they wished the district had undertaken. Generally, leaders expressed pleasure in the way the downturn had been
addressed by policies/strategies/personnel within their own district. The study offers helpful and interesting
information to educational leaders who are faced with difficult economic circumstances.

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