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ERIC Number: ED166286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-21
Pages: 84
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Fiscal Crisis of the State: A Case Study of Education in Detroit.
Hill, Richard Child
In this case study, the effect of the Detroit fiscal crisis on the city's public school system is analyzed in terms of the history of the fiscal crisis, the reasons for the crisis, and State, teacher, public and city reaction to the situation. The changing demography of Detroit and the events leading up to the financial crisis are described. Such factors in school budgeting as inflation, increases in staff salaries, militancy of teacher unions, expansion of social services, and a high rate of disadvantaged youth requiring special programs along with an eroding tax base are considered. Problems of inequitability of taxation are discussed in light of the social burdens placed upon aging cities. It is concluded that the major barrier confronting the Detroit school system's quest to accumulate revenues to meet rising expenditure demands has been tax resistance by local residents and the tax revolt which has been a product of the rapidly mounting tax burden experienced by Detroit residents. Also the seeming lack of effectiveness and efficiency of school district programs has been a problem. The future of the fiscal crisis is examined and suggestions are made for finance reform in Michigan. Current State financing methods for education are reviewed. The role of the capitalist system in creating fiscal crises is stressed. Charts and tables illustrate the city's fiscal situation. (WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan (Detroit)
Note: Paper prepared for presentation at the State and Economy session, World Congress of Sociology (8th, Toronto, Canada, August 21, 1974)