ERIC Number: ED168109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
School Finance in a Federal City: Los Alamos as a Case Study.
Smith, Duane W.
The Los Alamos schools obtain support from a combination of local, state, and Department of Energy funds mandated by the Atomic Energy Commission Community Act. Each year the Los Alamos schools prepare three budgets, and during any week the schools may work directly with all three levels of government concerning funding. In 1974 the state of New Mexico legislated an equalizing method of funding that resulted in Los Alamos receiving considerably less than before. The Los Alamos schools in response sued the state for allegedly violating the supremacy clause by cancelling the effects of the Atomic Energy Commission Community Act. The circuit court decision ruled in favor of the state. Los Alamos anticipates continued payments from the Department of Energy, and an attempt will be made to circumvent the adverse effects of the current state aid formula. Clearly, school finance problems are increasing in complexity. In addition, equalization programs should be amended to stop rewarding schools that exhibit lower quality work and poor performance. Rather, schools doing a good job should be rewarded. Finally, it is the community rather than the state or federal government that can provide a strong education plan for youth. Questions and answers concerning the topic are included. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Atomic Energy Commission Community Act; New Mexico (Los Alamos); State Aid Formulas
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Denver, Colorado, March 1978)