The analyses presented in this report address the following question: How much more or less does it cost to provide the same levels of educational resources across different geographic locations in the United States? To answer this question, the report develops a comprehensive geographic cost-of-education index for school services and resources that focuses on the prices of the inputs (personnel and nonpersonnel items used in the provision of school services) purchased by schools. The approach offered in this report is unique. It builds on previous work by Chambers in which the NCES Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) for 1990-91 is used to develop a teacher cost index.
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The purpose of this report is to suggest ways to improve the school staffing information gathered through SASS. Spending on school-level personnel, including employees and personnel service providers, accounts for more than 85 percent of the expenditures at the school site. Obtaining better information on school staff can provide insights into the patterns of resource allocation in schools and the access of children to instructional and related services.