Courts as Catalysts

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Overview

Discusses state supreme courts and funding equity reform in Texas, Kentucky, and North Dakota.
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“This is an excellent work. Bosworth combines case studies of controversies over school finance with attention to the broader political context within which state supreme courts are acting.” — G. Alan Tarr, author of Judicial Process and Judicial Policymaking

“A significant contribution to the study of school funding litigation. Scholars, lawyers, and educators will find it valuable reading and a useful resource.” — John Dayton, The University of Georgia

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This book examines the effectiveness of state supreme courts in Texas, Kentucky, and North Dakota in achieving funding equity between rich and poor public school districts. It includes approximately 90 interviews with policymakers and observers. In addition to focusing on specific states, chapters also discuss the relationship between courts and social reform, trends in the funding of American public schools, and different approaches to public school finance equity reform. Appendixes feature questionnaires from the three states studied. Bosworth teaches political science at Winona State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791450147
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew H. Bosworth is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Winona State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Courts and Social Reform

Chapter 2. Funding American Public Schools

Chapter 3. Texas: “We Want to Surrender, We Just Don't Know Where To Turn Ourselves In”

Chapter 4. Kentucky: “The Courts Made Us Do It”

Chapter 5. North Dakota: “We'll Give You One More Chance”

Chapter 6. State Supreme Courts and the Different Paths to Public School Finance Equity Reform

Cases Cited

Appendix One. Texas Questionnaires
Appendix Two. Kentucky Questionnaires
Appendix Three. North Dakota Questionnaires

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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