Courts as Catalysts: State Supreme Courts and Public School Finance Equity

Courts as Catalysts: State Supreme Courts and Public School Finance Equity

by Matthew H. Bosworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791450147

ISBN-13: 9780791450147

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Discusses state supreme courts and funding equity reform in Texas, Kentucky, and North Dakota.

Despite education being one of the most important, if not the most important, political issues for the American public, access to funding for education is not equal across school districts. Local public schools are generally funded by a combination of state aid and

Overview

Discusses state supreme courts and funding equity reform in Texas, Kentucky, and North Dakota.

Despite education being one of the most important, if not the most important, political issues for the American public, access to funding for education is not equal across school districts. Local public schools are generally funded by a combination of state aid and local property taxes, a combination which favors wealthier suburbs and disadvantages relatively poor urban and rural areas. Nationwide, low-income districts have gone to court attempting to remedy these inequities. But has litigation been worth the price from the activists’ perspective? Can poor districts (and poor parents and children) look to courts for help? Conversely, should rich districts fear court-ordered redistribution of wealth from their schools? 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 more than ninety interviews with policymakers and observers and concludes that, although there are many factors that can help or hinder equity reform, courts can make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450147
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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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