School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy

School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy

by Martin R. West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815770316

ISBN-13: 9780815770312

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

"Policymakers seeking to enhance the school system's flagging productivity have proposed everything from new accountability systems to more parental choice.... While all these reforms have gained widespread attention, their implementation has been haphazard and idiosyncratic. Pressures to generate sustained improvement, especially in troubled urban districts, have…  See more details below

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"Policymakers seeking to enhance the school system's flagging productivity have proposed everything from new accountability systems to more parental choice.... While all these reforms have gained widespread attention, their implementation has been haphazard and idiosyncratic. Pressures to generate sustained improvement, especially in troubled urban districts, have only grown. Meanwhile, almost unnoticed, an alternative reform strategy- the adequacy lawsuit-has made rapid headway within the nation's judicial system. Advocates for increased school spending have gone to court in at least thirty-nine states to date. Armed with photographs of rundown school buildings, data revealing large numbers of uncertified teachers, and evidence of abysmal and unequal student performance, teams of lawyers allege that schools lack sufficient funding to provide children with the quality of education guaranteed by the state's constitution. As a remedy, they ask the courts to mandate large increases in state aid for public schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815770312
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
The Adequacy Lawsuit: A Critical Appraisal   Martin R. West   Paul E. Peterson     1
Rationale
Adding Adequacy to Equity   Richard Briffault     25
Reinterpreting the Education Clauses in State Constitutions   John C. Eastman     55
Evidence
The Alchemy of "Costing Out" an Adequate Education   Eric A. Hanushek     77
The Politicization of the School Finance Legal Proces   Matthew G. Springer   James W. Guthrie     102
Is Teacher Pay "Adequate" ?   Michael Podgursky     131
Impacts
Adequacy Judgments and School Reform   Frederick M. Hess     159
The Non-Implementation of New Yorks Adequacy Judgment   Joe Williams     195
The Impact of School Finance Judgments on State Fiscal Policy   Christopher Berry     213
Predictions
Adequacy, Accountability, and the Impact of the No Child Left Behind Act   Andrew Rudalevige     243
Adequacy Litigation in an Era of Accountability   Michael Heise     262
The Winning Defense in Massachusetts   Robert M. Costrell     278
Reflections
The Uncertain Future of Adequacy Remedies   Kenneth W. Starr     307
AdequacyLitigation and the Separation of Powers   Joshua Dunn   Martha Derthick     322
Significant School Finance Judgments, 1971-2005     345
Contributors     359
Index     361

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