Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy


Muskie School of Public Service

First Advisor

David Silvernail

Second Advisor

Joseph Capelluti

Third Advisor

Robert Hasson


Fiscal practices of maine's more efficient public high schools, education spending and student outcomes


This mixed-methods study compared three-year average operating expenditures and resource allocation practices and policies of nine Maine high schools that had been identified in a previous study as being "more efficient" with those of nine "typical" Maine high schools. The study attempted to determine if more efficient schools allocate resources differently than typical schools.The quantitative portion of the study considered expenditures of 18 Maine high schools over a three-year period using three resource models: The Maine Department of Education(MDOE) warrant article model: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) account code model: and ( the Roza and Swartz (RS) School Spending Profile.