Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance: Issues and Perspectives / Edition 1

Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance: Issues and Perspectives / Edition 1

by Helen F. Ladd, Rosemary Chalk, Janet S. Hansen, National Research Council
     
 

Spending on K-12 education across the United States and across local school districts has long been characterized by great disparities-disparities that reflect differences in property wealth and tax rates. For the past quarter-century, reformers have attempted to reduce these differences through court challenges and legislative action. As part of a broad study of… See more details below

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Spending on K-12 education across the United States and across local school districts has long been characterized by great disparities-disparities that reflect differences in property wealth and tax rates. For the past quarter-century, reformers have attempted to reduce these differences through court challenges and legislative action. As part of a broad study of education finance, the committee commissioned eight papers examining the history and consequences of school finance reform undertaken in the name of equity and adequacy. This thought-provoking, timely collection of papers explores such topics as:
-- What do the terms "equity" and "adequacy" in school finance really mean?
-- How do school districts use money from finance reform?
-- What are the politics of school finance reform?
-- How is school finance reform being pursued through litigation?
-- What is the impact of court-ordered school finance reform on spending disparities?
-- What policy options are available to states facing new challenges from court decisions mandating adequacy in school finance?
-- When measuring adequacy, how do you consider differences in student needs and regional costs?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309065634
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
02/12/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Concepts of School Finance Equity: 1970 to the Present7
2School Finance Litigation in the Name of Educational Equity: Its Evolution, Impact, and Future34
3The Impact of Court-Mandated School Finance Reform72
4Court-Mandated School Finance Reform: What Do the New Dollars Buy?99
5The Politics of School Finance in the 1990s136
6Educational Adequacy and the Courts: The Promise and Problems of Moving to a New Paradigm175
7Enabling "Adequacy" to Achieve Reality: Translating Adequacy into State School Finance Distribution Arrangements209
8Performance Standards and Educational Cost Indexes: You Can't Have One Without the Other260
Biographical Summaries of Contributors298
Index305

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