School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy

School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy

by Martin R. West
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0815770316

ISBN-13: 9780815770312

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

"Adequacy lawsuits" have emerged as an alternative strategy in pursuit of improved public education in America. Plaintiffs allege insufficient resources to provide students with the quality of education promised in their state's constitution, hoping the courts will step in and order the state to increase its level of aid. Since 1980, 45 of the 50 states have faced

Overview

"Adequacy lawsuits" have emerged as an alternative strategy in pursuit of improved public education in America. Plaintiffs allege insufficient resources to provide students with the quality of education promised in their state's constitution, hoping the courts will step in and order the state to increase its level of aid. Since 1980, 45 of the 50 states have faced such suits. How pervasive—and effective—is this trend? What are its ramifications, at the school district level and on a broader scope? This important new book addresses these questions. The contributors consider the legal theory behind adequacy lawsuits, examining how the education clauses in state constitutions have been reinterpreted. According to James Guthrie and Matthew Springer, this trend has more fully politicized the process of cost modeling in school finance. Frederick Hess looks at the politics of adequacy implementation. Research by Christopher Berry of Harvard finds that the most significant result of the movement has not resulted in broad-ranging changes in school funding. How the No Child Left Behind Act and adequacy lawsuits impact one another is an especially interesting question, as addressed by Andrew Rudalevige and Michael Heise. This is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the adequacy lawsuit strategy, a topic of increasing importance in a controversial area of public policy that touches virtually all Americans. It will be of interest to readers engaged in education policy discussions and those concerned about the power of the courts to make policy rather than simply to enforce it.

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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