b) Use the School Budget Breakdown table as presented in the aforementioned resource (“Budget Cuts”) to fully develop a budget reduction plan that addresses the budget cuts required by the superintendent. Identify and describe the primary sources of revenue available to your school, including:
i) Maintenance and operations budget allocations
ii) Capital budget
iii) Soft capital budget allocations
v) Federal grants
vi) State grants
vii) Title money
ix) Extracurricular fees
x) Tax credits
Criteria Achievement Level
Unsatisfactory Less Than Satisfactory Satisfactory Good Excellent
Budget Reduction Plan: Budget Proposal 0 points
Fails to address criteria of the assignment. 7.8 points
Some assignment criteria are present, but they are limited in detail and scope. 9 points
All assignment criteria are clearly discernable within the budget proposal. Strategies, curriculum, and instructional programs are individualized to stakeholders and measurable in outcomes. School profile is fully integrated into the plan. School’s role within the community is defined. 10.2 points
Criteria are detailed, comprehensive, and creatively presented. 12 points
Strategies and descriptions are at a high level of specificity as to the roles and responsibilities of individual stakeholders.
Justification Essay Criteria 0 points
Fails to address criteria of the assignment. 4.88 points
Some assignment criteria are present, but they are limited in detail and scope. 5.63 points
All assignment criteria are clearly discernable within the body of the essay; justification for specific cuts is presented. 6.38 points
Criteria are detailed and comprehensive; justification is reasonable and credible. 7.5 points
Indicates a high degree of understanding of the effect of the cuts on the major stakeholders within a school community.
Critical Thinking 0 points
Plan demonstrates little original thought and is unclear or simplistic. 1.95 points
Plan presents guidance for informed decision making for continuous school improvement, though inconsistently and with some gaps. 2.25 points
Plan demonstrates original thought regarding its composition and ability to inform decision making. 2.55 points
Identifies and assesses conclusions, implications, and consequences of the plan. 3 points
Demonstrates ownership for constructing knowledge and framing an original plan.
Essay Structure, Paragraph Development, and Transitions 0 points
Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed. 0.98 points
Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident. 1.13 points
Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationship to each other. 1.28 points
A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are used as appropriate to purpose, discipline, and scope. 1.5 points
There is a sophisticated construction of the essay. Ideas collectively progress and relate to each other. The writer has been careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader.
(Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment) 0 points
Template is not used appropriately, or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. 0.98 points
Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. 1.13 points
Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. 1.28 points
Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. 1.5 points
All format elements are correct.
(In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment and style) 0 points
No reference page is included. No citations are used. 0.98 points
Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used. 1.13 points
Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present 1.28 points
Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct. 1.5 points
In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
Language Use and Audience Awareness (includes sentence construction, word choice, etc.) 0 points
The schools are being forced to make budget cuts
But with more than 1,000 school districts, each of which has a large amount of local control, Giarratani said the effects of the budget cuts are quite wide between districts in Texas.