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Many schools across the country have experienced serious problems over the past few years. Many of those problems have their roots in the relationship between student numbers and the financial resourses [sic] used to support educational programs. Declining enrollments have produced deficits in school funding which have pushed many schools beyond the brink of survival. Smaller student enrollments have caused many schools to alter or reduce curriculum offerings and to reduce school personnel. The ever increasing costs of textbooks, educational materials, transportation, and utilities have magnified the financial burdens faced by schools. These problems have resulted in lessened opportunities for students and eventual reduction in the number of small rural schools.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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James E. Albrecht


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