Journal of Education Human Resources Special Issue

Money and People:The Intersection between Education School Funding and Human Resources

Human resources (HR) decisions and policies are often influenced by the fiscal resources and decisions of the education institution (Flora, 2020; Jeffery, 2013; Roy, 2016). As organizations strive to maximize performance and increase outcomes, the financial circumstances of school employers can hinder the potential of HR initiatives such as employee retention and professional development. Because of the intersectional relationship between the HR and the financial management of education, there can be major equity implications.

Across the United States, school funding and resource disparities exist as states continue to fund schools based on plans established during the great recession (Baker, 2016; Knight, 2017; Baker, Sciarra & Farrie, 2014). Furthermore, the influence of improved access to school funding, and its positive effect on marginalized student groups, is well established (Jackson, Johnson, & Persico, 2016). The reality is that low-income students of color, in rural and urban settings, often lack access to sufficient personnel and facilities funding due to fiscal inequities (Darling-Hammond, 2013; Jackson, Johnson, & Persico, 2016). While schools and districts spend an average of 80% of their total budget on staff salaries and benefits, personnel with stronger qualifications require higher compensation (Odden & Picus, 2014; Rebore, 2015; Tran, 2016). As such, an inequitable distribution of funding can result in inequitable teachers and staffing across schools from different economic backgrounds.

For these reasons, the Journal of Education Human Resources (JEHR) announces a call for papers for a special issue that investigates the intersection of Human Resources/Human Capital and School Funding challenges.

Submissions should broadly study the impact of Local, State, and/or Federal Policy on allocations of revenue, or spending patterns, directed towards addressing Human Resources/Human Capital Challenges in the P-20 pipeline. We seek thought provoking manuscripts that critically explore the impact of inequalities in the P-20 educational pipeline and promote an open discourse between students, families, communities, practitioners, researchers, and educational power brokers. This special issue provides opportunity for scholars to work directly with practitioners, grass roots advocacy organizations, and educational power brokers, to explore Human Resources/Human Capital Challenges which require novel solutions in order to reduce the existing disparity.

A broad range of contributions from areas, including, but not limited to, educational administration and leadership, sociology, history, economics, educational policy, public policy, and public administration are welcomed. We also accept manuscripts that consider the intersection of finance and human resources in education as broadly defined, to include those proposals with novel theoretical or methodological implications. These include qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method and conceptual work, case studies, document, and archival analysis.

Special Topic
Local, state, and/or federal policy impact on allocations of revenue directed towards addressing Human Resources challenges

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