ERIC Number: ED169653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Battle to Reform Public School Finance Systems: 1968 to Present.
Salmon, Richard G.; Alexander, M. David
The purpose of this paper is to review briefly the major federal and state cases dealing with fiscal equalization in state school support programs and to discuss, in depth, the conflicting rulings in the state courts, with particular attention given to the problems created by use of the "thorough and efficient" concept in Robinson v. Cahill. In this case, the court found that the New Jersey state school finance system discriminated against pupils in poor districts and also discriminated against taxpayers by imposing an unequal burden for public education. The paper concludes that it is extremely difficult to analyze state school fiscal equalization decisions and accurately predict how a court in another state will rule in a similar situation. It predicts that the weight of the federal cases, coupled with recent decisions rejecting attacks on state school finance systems, will inhibit many state courts from entering the confusing world of fiscal equalization of educational opportunity. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equalization Aid, Finance Reform, Public Schools, School Districts, State Aid
Not available separately; See EA 011 530
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Robinson v Cahill
Note: Chapter 18 of "School Law Update--1977" (EA 011 530); For related documents, see EA 011 530-556