AN ANALYSIS OF ATHLETIC EXPENDITURES IN NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS AN ANALYSIS OF ATHLETIC EXPENDITURES IN NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS

Stephen Zengel, Stephen Zengel, Bruce Baker
2010 unpublished
OF THE DISSERTATION This study investigates school district athletic expenditures as a consequence of local taxpayer demand. A data set was created of all New Jersey school districts for a five year period, 2001-2005. The data included each school district"s demographic and educational spending information. Income was not an important predictor of athletic spending. Abbott districts spent significantly (p<.01) less than non-Abbott districts spent per pupil on athletics. District factor group A
more » ... ict factor group A had the lowest per pupil athletic expenditures of all the district factor groups. District factor groups GH, I, and J had the highest per pupil athletic expenditures, spending significantly (p<.01) more than district factor group A spent per pupil on athletics. Asians favored significant (p<.01) increases in total education spending but favored significant (p<.05) decreases in athletic spending. African Americans favored significant (p<.01) increases in total education spending but were negatively associated with athletic spending. Hispanics were negatively associated with total education spending and favored significant (p<.01) decreases in athletic spending. Elderly persons favored significant (p<.01) decreases in total education spending but were positively associated with athletic spending. Tax share was significantly (p<.01) related to less total education spending but was positively associated with increased athletic spending. The data suggest that school district athletic expenditures are a consequence of local taxpayer demand. ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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