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A Level Playing Field: School Finance in the Northeast

A Level Playing Field: School Finance in the Northeast

by Jane Fowler Morse

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In this timely work, Jane Fowler Morse reviews the history of school finance litigation in the United States and then examines recent legal and political struggles to obtain equitable school funding in New York, Vermont, and Ontario. These three places have employed strikingly different strategies to address this issue, and Morse analyzes lessons learned at each that will benefit both public officials and citizens interested in seeking reform elsewhere. Drawing on writers from Aristotle to Cass Sunstein and Martin Luther King Jr., she also explores the concepts of social justice and equity, highlighting the connections between racism, poverty, and school funding. The result is a passionate plea for equitable funding of public education nationwide to instantiate the ideal of "liberty and justice for all."

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ISBN-13: 9780791480892
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 365
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane Fowler Morse is Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Table of Contents

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1. Education, Inequity, and the Level Playing Field

2. The Search for a Legal Solution in New York

3. Sharing in Vermont

4. Executive Reform in Ontario

5. The Impact of Poverty on Children’s Performance in School

6. The Impact of Racism on Children’s Performance in School

7. Education Funding and Progress


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