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Sponsored by the American Education Finance Association (AEFA), this groundbreaking new handbook assembles in one place the existing research-based knowledge in education finance and policy, thereby helping to define this evolving field of research and practice. It provides a readily available resource for anyone seriously involved in education finance and policy in the United States and around the world.

The Handbook traces the evolution of the field from its initial focus on school inputs (per pupil expenditures) and the revenue sources (property taxes, state aid programs) used to finance these inputs to a focus on educational outcomes (student achievement) and the larger policies used to achieve them. It shows how the current decision-making context in school finance inevitably interacts with those of governance, accountability, equity, privatization, and other areas of education policy. Because a full understanding of the important contemporary issues requires insights from a variety of perspectives, the Handbook draws on contributors from a variety of disciplines. While many of the chapters cover complex state-of-the-art empirical research, the authors explain key concepts in language that non-specialists can understand.

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"The Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy, Second Edition is an excellent update. Suitable for both insiders and lay audiences, it locates current issues, such as the heavy reliance on test-based accountability as a policy tool, and emerging issues, such as the growing policy role of large foundations, in historical context. Readers come to understand how an enduring concern with funding education for all gave seed to a range of substantive policy, governance, and instructional approaches which today are at the heart of educational debates."

--Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University

"While concerns about equity and adequacy of education finance are longstanding, this edition is particularly relevant and timely. With increasing demand for public services at a time when the growth of public revenues is slowing, the Handbook is an important resource for efforts to maximize return on investment."

--Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

"This is more than a handbook; it is a comprehensive compendium of education policy from a historical, data-based, and application perspective by leading scholars. It is written in an easy-to-understand style for varied audiences including policymakers, practitioners, and scholars."

--Michael W. Kirst, Professor Emeritus, Stanford, and President, California State Board of Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805861440
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen F. Ladd is the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Margaret E. Goertz is Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and Professor Emerita of Education Policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Contributors     ix
Preface     xv
Introduction   Helen F. Ladd   Edward B. Fiske     xvii
Perspectives on Education Finance and Policy$dSection Editor: James W. Guthrie$dSection Editor: Michael Kirst
History and Scholarship Regarding United States Education Finance and Policy   Matthew G. Springer   Eric A. Houck   James W. Guthrie     3
The Role of Economics in Education Policy Research   Dominic J. Brewer   Guilbert C. Hentschke   Eric R. Eide   Ally Kuzin   Michelle B. Nayfack     23
The Past, Present and Possible Futures of Educational Finance Reform Litigation   William S. Koski   Jesse Hahnel     42
Education Finance from the Perspective of Politics, Political Cultures and Government   James W. Guthrie   Kenneth K. Wong     61
Educational Goals: A Public Perspective   Richard Rothstein   Rebecca Jacobsen     78
Quantitative Research Methods in Education Finance and Policy   Patrick J. McEwan     87
The Evolution of Comparative and International Education Statistics   Stephen P. Heyneman   Chad R. Lykins     105
Making Money Matter$dSection Editor: Jennifer King Rice$dSection Editor: Amy Ellen Schwartz
Toward an Understandingof Productivity in Education   Jennifer King Rice   Amy Ellen Schwartz     131
Teachers Matter, but Effective Teacher Quality Policies Are Elusive   Dan Goldhaber     146
School Accountability and Student Achievement   David N. Figlio   Helen F. Ladd     166
School Competition and Student Outcomes   Brian Gill   Kevin Booker     183
Promoting Equity and Adequacy$dSection Editor: Leanna Stiefel
Conceptions of Equity and Adequacy in School Finance   Bruce D. Baker   Preston C. Green     203
Measuring Equity and Adequacy in School Finance   Thomas A. Downes   Leanna Stiefel     222
Measurement of Cost Differentials   William D. Duncombe   John Yinger     238
Intergovernmental Aid Formulas and Case Studies   Lawrence O. Picus   Margaret Goertz   Allan Odden     257
Education Equity in an International Context   Edward B. Fiske   Helen F. Ladd     276
Changing Patterns of Governance and Finance$dSection Editor: Andrew Reschovsky
The Changing Federal Role in Education Finance and Governance   Nora E. Gordon     295
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Financing Public Schools   Janet S. Hansen      314
Equity, Adequacy and the Evolving State Role in Education Finance   Sean P. Corcoran   William N. Evans     332
Local Funding of Schools: The Property Tax and Its Alternatives   Therese J. McGuire   Leslie E. Papke     357
Tax and Expenditure Limits, School Finance and School Quality   Thomas A. Downes   David N. Figlio     373
Educational Markets and Decentralization$dSection Editor: Henry M. Levin
Issues in Educational Privatization   Henry M. Levin     391
Autonomous Schools: Theory, Evidence and Policy   David N. Plank   BetsAnn Smith     402
Charter Schools   Robert Bifulco   Katrina Bulkley     425
Beyond the Rhetoric: Surveying the Evidence on Vouchers and Tax Credits   Ron Zimmer   Eric P. Bettinger     447
Home Schooling   Clive Belfield     467
Educational Management Organizations   Gary Miron     475
Race, Ses and Achievement Gaps$dSection Editor: Susanna Loeb
Patterns and Trends in Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Academic Achievement Gaps   Sean F. Reardon   Joseph P. Robinson     497
Early Childhood and the Achievement Gap   Susanna Loeb   Daphna Bassok     517
Increasing the Effectiveness of Teachers in Low-Performing Schools   Donald Boyd   Hamilton Lankford   James Wyckoff     535
Educational Outcomes of Disadvantaged Students: From Desegregation to Accountability   Douglas N. Harris     551
Special Circumstances$dSection Editor: David H. Monk
Special Education   Jenifer J. Harr   Tom Parrish   Jay G. Chambers     573
Resource Needs for Educating Linguistic Minority Students   Russell W. Rumberger   Patricia Gandara     591
Challenges and Strategies Associated with Rural School Settings   John W. Sipple   Brian O. Brent     612
The Organizational and Fiscal Implications of Transient Student Populations   Kieran M. Killeen   Kai A. Schafft     631
Higher Education$dSection Editor: David W. Breneman$dSection Editor: Michael S. McPherson
The Financing of Public Colleges and Universities in the United States   Paul E. Lingenfelter     651
Cost and Pricing in Higher Education   William F. Massy     671
The Effects of Education on Labor Market Outcomes   Jessica Goldberg   Jeffrey Smith     688
The Student Aid System: An Overview   Sandy Baum     709
Bridging the High School-College Divide   Thomas R. Bailey      724
Index     739
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